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Convocation date: November 25, 1961
Discipline / contribution: university administration ; science administration
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Dr. Thomson has been viceâ€”principal of McGill University since 1955 and dean of the graduate faculty for nearly 20 years.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
He is known for his exceptional ability as an administrator and advisor on scientific matters and has served on many committees having to do with educational and scientific matters. He has a reputation as a brilliant speaker.
At the present time, he is a member of the National Research Council, the Defence Research Board and the Scientific Research Bureau of .Quebec.
Dr. Thomson was born in Scotland and obtained the bachelor of science and master of arts degrees from the University of Aberdeen. He obtained a doctorate in biochemistry from Cambridge and then studied in other European countries. He joined the faculty at McGill in 1928.
[press release, 17 November 1961]
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