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News Release - Queen's professor Art McDonald inducted as foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences

Saturday, April 29, 2017

WASHINGTON D.C. - On Saturday, April 29, Queen’s professor emeritus and Nobel Laureate Art McDonald was formally inducted as a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences at the Academy’s 154th annual meeting. Dr. McDonald and his fellow inductees join the company of approximately 2,290 members and nearly 490 foreign associates – each recognized for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

“Having conducted my graduate work at Caltech, served as a professor at Princeton and collaborated extensively with U.S. scientists throughout my research career, I am honoured to have been elected to The National Academy of Sciences.” says Dr. McDonald. “At this important time in the dialogue on the importance of scientific research, I am proud to be granted membership in this highly respected group.”

Dr. McDonald was one of 20 researchers from 14 countries who were named non-voting foreign associates of the Academy this year. Of the 490 living foreign associates, Dr. McDonald is one of only 20 Canadian researchers – a group that also includes Queen’s professor emeritus Raymond A. Price (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering).

“Induction into the National Academy is amongst the highest honours that one can receive, and is a testament to the significance of Dr. McDonald’s research,” says Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf. “This award is further recognition of the groundbreaking research conducted at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory by Dr. McDonald and his collaborators. On behalf of the entire university community, I would like to extend him my most sincere congratulations.”

Established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the National Academy of Science recognizes achievement in science and provides science, technology, and health policy advice to the US federal government and other organizations. Election to the Academy is widely considered one of the greatest achievements in science, and approximately 200 of its members have received Nobel prizes.

“Dr. McDonald and collaborators on the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory experiment reshaped our understanding of the world around us and opened up new possibilities in the study of astrophysics,” says Dr. John Fisher, Interim Vice-Principal (Research) at Queen’s University. “This award is further international recognition of the world-leading research taking place across Canada and right here at Queen’s.”

To learn more about the US National Academy of Science visit the website.


Chris Armes
Communications Officer, Media Relations
613-533-6000 x77513