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Exceptional people making a difference in the world

[RSC fellows from Queen's University]

Seven Queen’s professors were elected fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) in 2013. Fellowship in the RSC is one of the highest recognitions for Canadian academics in the arts, humanities, and the social and natural sciences.

Queen’s people push the limits of what can be achieved and develop ideas that can make a difference in the world. The new RSC fellows represent Queen’s at its highest level. They are people who make a difference to Queen’s, its students and the rest of the world.  They have the energy, intellect and most of all the desire to make a difference.

Our exceptional people are:

Gauvin Bailey (Art History) has enriched our understanding of the global diffusion of renaissance and baroque art through his foundational work on the hybrid cultures of Latin America and Asia. His research challenges convention not only by comparing geographic regions in new ways, but also through the use of multidisciplinary methodologies to contextualize art internationally. From 2010-2011, Bailey held the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.

Nicholas Bala (Law) is a family law scholar and an international expert on children and parents involved in the justice system. Uniquely interdisciplinary and collaborative, he studies the needs and rights of children and youth, such as adolescent offenders or those in the middle of a high-conflict separation, as well as issues related to vulnerable adults, including victims of spousal violence and family litigants unable to afford lawyers.

Praveen Jain (Electrical and Computer Engineering) has made substantial contributions to the field of power electronics. His most significant work is concerned with the advancement of high frequency power conversion technology for its use in the space, telecommunications, computer and induction melting industries.

Philip Jessop (Chemistry) pioneered a new field in chemical engineering and invented the first ‘switchable solvents.’ His revolutionary contributions have resulted in technologies that address human needs while reducing environmental impact. Jessop has furthered these technologies through his role at GreenCentre Canada.

David Lillicrap (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) is an internationally-renowned researcher focused on the genetic basis of hemophilia and von Willebrand disease (VWD). His work has led to innovative strategies for the diagnosis and treatment of the world’s most commonly-inherited bleeding diseases. Lillicrap’s novel findings, now being applied to clinical care worldwide, are improving the quality of life for patients with inherited bleeding disorders.

F.P. Lock (English) is a leading authority on 18th century British literature, politics, and ideas. His two-volume biography of Edmund Burke has been acclaimed as the “definitive study” of the most intellectual of British politicians. With his distinctive marrying of primary research and interpretive acumen, Lock’s work is hailed for its sophisticated rhetorical and intellectual analysis, and for its attention to historical and cultural contexts.

Carlos Prado (Philosophy) has made substantial contributions to contemporary philosophy and to applied ethics. His publications on Michel Foucault have contributed enormously to demonstrating the relevance and significance of the French philosopher’s work for contemporary Anglo-American philosophy. Professor Prado’s publications on suicide in dire medical circumstances have enlarged the debate about suicide to include its rationality as well as its ethical justification.