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Two more distinguished Memorial professors designated special status

A sociologist and a chemist have been singled out for superlative achievements throughout their long careers at Memorial University.

Dr. Peter Sinclair, sociology, Faculty of Arts, and Dr. Laurence Thompson, chemistry, Faculty of Science, have been recognized with the title professor emeritus upon the recent announcement of their respective retirements.

Dr. Sinclair has been a highly distinguished scholar, teacher and administrator since joining Memorial's Department of Sociology in 1980. He holds a master of arts from the University of Aberdeen and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. His empirical work on resource industries has produced 10 books and 100 articles, with the majority of his publications frequently appearing in highly recognized and international journals. Dr. Sinclair has delivered his research findings at some 80 conferences around the world.

Dr. Sinclair served for eight years as head of Memorial's Department of Sociology, was awarded the status of University Research Professor in 1992 and received an Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Sociology award from the Canadian Sociological Association in 2005.

He delivered a total of 22 courses throughout his time at Memorial, proposed and helped pilot the PhD program and is one of only a few sociologists in the history of the department to teach both classical and contemporary theory along with research methods at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Dr. Laurence Thompson holds a bachelor of science and PhD from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. He joined the Department of Chemistry at Memorial in 1970 where he embarked on an outstanding career, beginning with the study of dinuclear copper co-ordination complexes with ligand design as the theme. Expanding the scope of these studies allowed him to explore magnetism/structure relationships much more deeply and brought him into his current area of activity, for which he is internationally renowned.

Dr. Thompson has published more than 220 papers, which have been cited in excess of 6,000 times. He was appointed as a University Research Professor at Memorial in 1995 and won the prestigious Alcan Award from the Canadian Society for Chemistry in 2004 – the highest award for inorganic chemistry awarded by the society.

In 1997, he founded Canada's first national magnetometry centre and he is also a fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada.

To be eligible for the title professor emeritus, a person must have served at least 10 years as a regular full-time faculty member at Memorial and must have held the rank of professor upon retirement.

The prime criteria for nomination are sustained, outstanding scholarly work and/or service to the university.