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Convocation date: May 15, 1975
Discipline / contribution: Engineering
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Senate and Council, I present to you Dr. Nell Hutcheon.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
The Hutcheon family has distinguished itself at this University and Neil is an alumnus who has devoted his life to the science and philosophy of building construction. Through research and education he has become an international authority on this subject.
He was born in Rosetown. Received the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Science degrees from this University, and the Doctor of Philosophy from the University of London where he had gone on an I.O.D.E. scholarship.
Dr. Hutcheon joined our Faculty of Engineering in 1937 and remained here until 1953. He was a patient, enthusiastic teacher and an inspiration for his students, developing in many of them a keen interest in research.
His deep insights into engineering problems made him a continual source of encouragement for both faculty and students.
Although trained in the Machinery side of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Hutcheon very soon became interested in the early building research of Professor A.R. Greig, and established a program to examine heat and moisture problems in buildings. In 1953 he became Assistant Director of the new division of building research of the National Research Council where he remained 24 years, the last 5 as director. He took early retirement in 1974 to prepare teaching material for building science courses. He has contributed many papers to the industry and we look forward with enthusiasm to his future works.
Dr. Hutcheon is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, a past president of the Association of Professional Engineers of Saskatchewan, and a Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, of which he was a director for four years. The latter association honored him with its "Distinguished Service Award" in 1967 and with the "F. Paul Anderson Award" in 1975, the highest award for "notable scientific achievement." He is also a member of numerous committees serving the building industry such as the Standards Council of Canada and the National Construction Industry Development Foundation.
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Dr. Neil Barren Hutcheon and ask that you bestow on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: W.R. Staples
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