Dr. Edgar Goodaire of Memorial’s Department
of Mathematics and Statistics, will receive the Distinguished
Service Award for 2004 from the Canadian Mathematical Society.
The award will be presented at the CMS 2004 Winter Meeting
Banquet on Dec. 12 at Hilton Bonaventure Hotel, Montréal.
The CMS Distinguished Service Award was created in 1995 to
recognize individuals who have made sustained and significant
contributions to the Canadian mathematical community and,
in particular, to the Canadian Mathematical Society. The award
recognizes lifelong work to the development of mathematics
in the country and commitment and service to the Canadian
mathematical community, to the Canadian Mathematical Society
and to the Atlantic mathematical community.
Dr. Goodaire has a long history of service to the CMS and
has occupied many strategic positions, including chair of
the publications committee, treasurer, and vice-president
for the Atlantic region.
Apart from his service to the CMS, Dr. Goodaire has worked
all his life for mathematics in Atlantic Canada. Currently,
he is involved in the Atlantic Association for Research in
the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS) and, in particular, the
organization of the AARMS summer schools. He has done a lot
of work with APICS (Atlantic Provinces Council on the Sciences)
and has been chair of the APICS Mathematics and Statistics
Committee since 2001.
Dr. Goodaire came to Memorial University in 1973 after completing
a PhD at the University of British Columbia and an undergraduate
degree at the University of Toronto. He was promoted to full
professor in 1989. He has served on every major committee
in the Department of Mathematics and the Faculty of Science
and was head of the department from 1991-1994.
Dr. Goodaire is a leading world expert on certain non-associative
algebraic structures known as loops, in particular Bol and
Moufang loops. He founded the field of alternative loop rings.
He has published over 60 research articles and four books,
including a recent undergraduate textbook in Linear Algebra.
His popular text Discrete Mathematics with Graph Theory with
Michael M. Parmenter is scheduled for a third edition. His
research has been funded continuously by NRC/NSERC throughout