Ronald L. Watts was a Principal Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Political Studies at Queen's University, where he was a member of the academic staff since 1955 and Principal and Vice-Chancellor from 1974-1984. He was a former Director of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen's University, President of the International Association of Centres for Federal Studies from 1991-1998, and a former Board Member and chairman of the Research Committee of the Institute for Research on Public Policy. On several occasions, he was a consultant to the Government of Canada during constitutional deliberations, most notably from 1980-1981 and 1991-1992, and was an advisor to governments in several other countries including Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Switzerland, Kenya, Cyprus, Yugoslavia, and Pakistan. As a political scientist, he worked for over forty years on the comparative study of federal systems and on Canadian federalism and wrote or edited over twenty books, monographs, and reports and over sixty articles and chapters in books. He was the recipient of five honourary degrees, became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1979, and was promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada in 2000.