Honorary Degrees

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Presentation of an Honorary Degree to E.W.R. Steacie, 1962 ( Photograph Collection, A-8632)
Name: Edgar William Richard Steacie, O.B.E., Ph.D., D.Sc., LL.D., D.de l'U., F.R.S.C., F.R.S.
Convocation date: May 11, 1962
Discipline / contribution: chemical kinetic research ; science administration
Citation / biographical information:
Dr. Steacie received his Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from McGill in l926 He then joined the staff of the chemistry department there and began his research in chemical kinetics and photochemistry which has remained his main scientific interest until the present day. In 1939 he joined the National Research Council as Director of the Division of Chemistry, and for a period during the war served also as deputy-director, under Sir John Cockcroft, of the British Canadian Atomic Energy project. After the war, Dr. Steacie continued his fundamental research. His activities have made him a world authority in his chosen field and have established his laboratory at the National Research Council as one of the leading centres of chemical kinetic research in the world. He has published over two hundred research papers and three books which are now considered as standard texts.
His scientific accomplishments are prodigious. Possibly even greater however, has been his contribution through his skill in scientific administration and organization. This academic research scientist became vice president and in l952 president of the National Research Council. Under his imaginative leadership the National Research Council has not only made outstanding contributions to pure and applied science in its own laboratories but has also been responsible, in a very large degree, for the very rapid expansion in the scientific activities of Canadian Universities. He has been instrumental in shaping policy and developing plans for financial support of research by Government through the National Research Council. The universities of Canada owe a large debt indeed to the National Research Council under the leadership of Dr. Steacie.
His tact and skill as an administrator, his sure feeling for scientific values and his imaginative grasp of scientific organization have been called upon by many associations. He has served as president of many national and international scientific societies and has recently been elected president of the International Council of Scientific Unions.
Dr. Steacie is an honorary fellow of many national and foreign societies, and is an officer of the Order of the British Empire. At the last count, he has already received seventeen honorary doctorate degrees. It is an honor and privilege to us to have this opportunity of adding one more to the list, and to acknowledge our admiration and appreciation for the contributions of this outstanding scientist and administrator,
“Eminent Chancellor, I ask that you confer the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa on Edgar William Richard Steacie.
Degree received: Doctor of Science
Degree presented by: K.J. McCallum, Head of Chemistry

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