OTTAWA, April 11, 2013 — Howard Alper, who holds the title of Distinguished University Professor at uOttawa, has been made an honorary foreign member of the Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ). He is the first Canadian to receive this recognition from the 130-year-old organization.
Nearly half of the foreign honorary members of the CSJ are Nobel Prize winners. The organization has recognized Professor Alper for his outstanding contribution to many areas of science and for his crucial role in preparing today’s promising science graduates to become tomorrow’s leaders. His position as chair of Pacifichem 2010, the largest chemistry conference in the world, also contributed to his nomination.
“The University community wholeheartedly congratulates Howard!” said Mona Nemer, vice-president, research. “His brilliant expertise in chemistry and his passion for teaching are a testimony to the excellence in research that Canada produces.”
Professor Alper is an important champion of science and technology in Canada, and his role as vice-chair of RIKEN, Japan’s world-class research organization for basic and applied sciences, has helped Canada forge a monumental collaborative tie with Japan. Japan is currently one of the leading nations in scientific research. Since 2000, eleven Japanese researchers have won the Nobel Prize, including six in chemistry.
Professor Alper has received a number of prestigious fellowships, including the E.W.R. Steacie (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, 1980‑82), Guggenheim (1985‑86) and Killam (1986‑88) fellowships. Major awards to Alper include the Alcan Award for Inorganic Chemistry (1986), the Bader Award for Organic Chemistry (1990) and the Steacie Award for Chemistry (1993), all from the Canadian Society for Chemistry. The Chemical Institute of Canada has presented Alper with the Catalysis Award (1984), the Montreal Medal (2003) and the CIC Medal (1997), its highest honour. He has also received the Urgel‑Archambault Prize (ACFAS) in physical sciences and engineering.
In 2000, the Governor General of Canada awarded him the first Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal in Science and Engineering.
He has published 539 papers, has 37 patents and has edited several books.
In addition to his position as Distinguished University Professor, Howard Alper currently serves as chair of the Government of Canada’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Council (STIC).
The University of Ottawa is committed to research excellence and encourages an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge creation, which attracts the best academic talent from across Canada and around the world. The University plays an important role in the economic development of the National Capital Region.