September 13, 2010



Five McMaster professors honoured by

Royal Society of Canada


Hamilton, Ont. September 13, 2010Three McMaster professors have been named Fellows by the Royal Society of Canada, and two professors have received awards recognizing outstanding achievement in research and scholarship. The announcement was made this morning.



Bruce Gaulin, Physics; Richard Harris, Geography; and Paul O’Byrne, Medical Sciences, will be officially inducted on November 27 at the Society’s Induction and Awards Ceremony in Ottawa.



Bruce Gaulin’s neutron and x-ray scattering work established new low-temperature properties in exotic magnets, especially those related to geometrical frustration. He is also recognized for leadership in North American neutron scattering.



Richard Harris is one of North America’s leading scholars in urban history. He has written, especially, about suburbanization, residential development and housing policy in both the developed and the developing worlds.



Paul O’Byrne is internationally recognized for his contributions to understanding the causes and treatment of asthma. His studies have influenced asthma treatment guidelines worldwide.



This brings to 58 the number of the University’s professors in the Society.



In addition, two Physics & Astronomy professors received prestigious awards from the Society.



Kari Dalnoki-Veress received the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Physics. The Society cited Dalnoki-Veress as “a dedicated young scientist with a genius for simple but profound investigation. In an era dominated by large funding initiatives and complex instrumentation, Dalnoki-Veress is an inspired scientist and research supervisor who can find deep insight from brilliant direct experiments.”



Doug Welch received the McNeil Medal for his outreach work in communicating astronomy to the general public via numerous and varied science outreach activities, including podcasting about astronomy, and creating an art exhibition on supernovae.


McMaster University, established in 1887, is one of four Canadian universities listed among the Top 100 universities in the world. Renowned for its innovation in both learning and discovery it has a student population of 23,000, and more than 145,000 alumni in 128 countries.





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