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Convocation date: May 31, 2001
Discipline / contribution: medicine - pediatrics ; genetics
Citation / biographical information:
Margaret Thompson was born in Cheshire, England, and came to Saskatchewan with her family in 1926 as a six-year-old. After completing teacher training at the Saskatoon Normal School and teaching for two years in rural schools, she attended the University of Saskatchewan, graduating in 1943 with an Honours degree in Biology. She received a Ph.D. degree in Zoology, specializing in Human Genetics, from the University of Toronto in 1948. After her graduate training, Dr. Thompson spent two years in teaching positions at the University of Western Ontario, and then moved to the University of Alberta, where she became an Assistant Professor of Zoology and a Scientific Associate of the University Hospital, Edmonton. In 1963 she joined the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children, where she reached the rank of Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics and Microbiology and the Department of Pediatrics. She is now Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto, and Honorary Consultant, Hospital for Sick Children.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Dr. Thompson’s professional career has been devoted to human genetics and its relevance to childhood diseases, particularly muscular dystrophy. With her late husband Dr. James Thompson she co-authored Genetics in Medicine, a textbook now in its sixth edition. She is a founding member of the Genetics Society of Canada, the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists and the American Society of Human Genetics, and is an Honorary Fellow of the American Board of Medical Genetics. She has received the Presidential Award of the Genetics Society of Canada and the Founders Award of the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists and, in 1995, was the first recipient of an Award for Excellence in Education from the American Society of Human Genetics. In 1988 she was named a Member of the Order of Canada.
The University of Saskatchewan is pleased to honour Dr. Margaret Thompson, one of our distinguished graduates.
Degree presented by: Dick Neal, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Science
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