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Royal Society honours four from Queen's

 
2009-10-15

University Chancellor David Dodge (Arts'65, LLD'02) and three Queen's professors have been recognized for extraordinary achievement in the arts, humanities and sciences by the Royal Society of Canada.

Jacalyn Duffin, who holds the Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, receives the 2009 Jason A. Hannah Medal for an important publication in the history of medicine. Her book is entitled Medical Miracles: Doctors, Saints, and Healing in the Modern World. In 2001, Dr. Duffin received the Hannah Medal for her book, To See with a Better Eye.

Drs. Raleigh Robertson (Biology), Stan Brown (Chemistry) and David Dodge, University Chancellor, have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society, in recognition of outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement.

Based on an analysis of more than 1400 miracles dating from the 16th to the end of the 20th centuries, Dr. Duffin's book uncovers a deep commitment to scientific evidence as the dominant feature of the process of canonization. She suggests both medicine and religion are "positioned to confront the inevitability of death."

Acknowledging that miracle stories represent "human response to illness everywhere," Dr. Duffin argues that they also demonstrate the rigor of the canonization process and the scientific standing of medicine before bio-medicine came to be regarded as the sole criterion of what is genuinely scientific.

One of Canada's leading environmental scientists, Raleigh Robertson is a world authority in ornithology, conservation biology and behavioural ecology. He is recognized for building the Queen's University Biological Station into one of the largest and most successful field research stations in North America.

A highly cited researcher who has trained more than 50 postgraduate students, Dr. Robertson was the inaugural holder of the prestigious Baillie Family Chair in Conservation Biology at Queen's, and most recently has received awards from the Society of Canadian Ornithologists and the Canadian Council of University Biology Chairs for lifetime contributions to Canadian biology.

Stan Brown's research has encompassed diverse areas in organic chemistry, including X-ray and UV photoelectron spectroscopy, model enzymes, bio-organic and bio-inorganic chemistry and mechanistic physical organic studies. His work has generated more than 150 research publications in leading journals and he is the author of numerous book chapters. It is characterized by a careful attention to experimental detail and the general interest of the questions to be answered. The findings and interpretation of much of this work concerning organic reaction mechanisms has now been incorporated into textbooks at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Throughout his career, which began as an Economics professor at Queen's and includes a number of high-level positions within the federal public service, David Dodge has maintained a strong relationship with academia and the social sciences. He has overseen important research management activities within the Anti-Inflation Board, which led to public policies governing salary and price controls in a difficult economy.

As Assistant Deputy and then Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr. Dodge helped implement major tax reforms and policies, as well as annual budgets aimed at deficit and debt controls. He is also recognized for his strong, expert and innovative leadership as head of the Bank of Canada. He was appointed Queen's Chancellor in May, 2008.

Founded in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada is the country's senior and most prestigious scholarly organization. Its three primary functions are to recognize outstanding contributions to Canadian intellectual culture, promote Canadian culture abroad and advise governments and organizations.

The induction ceremony of newly elected Fellows and the presentation of the Hannah medal and are to be held in Gatineau on November 28.

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