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Arthur Carty

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{Arthur Carty}
Arthur Carty
Photo by Harry Turner

For his contributions as a scientist and for his leadership role in advancing both his discipline and the standing of the scientific community in Canada, Dr. Arthur Carty was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree at the 7:30 p.m. session of convocation on May 28.

Dr. Carty holds a PhD in chemistry from Nottingham University. He spent two years employed at Memorial University, then 27 years at the University of Waterloo where he was successively the first director of the Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry, professor of chemistry, chair of the Department of Chemistry and dean of research. He was appointed president of the National Research Council (NRC) in 1994.

Dr. Carty is an active researcher in chemistry and a former president of the Canadian Society for Chemistry. His research interests are in the areas of synthetic chemistry, metal clusters and new materials. He has published over 270 research papers, in addition to reviews, articles and book chapters, and has chaired or served on many peer evaluation committees for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and other organizations. He is an associate member of the NSERC Council, a member of the board of the Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems Network (MITACS), and the Canadian Stroke Network, two of the Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence.

Dr. Carty has served on many boards and councils, and is a board member of the Communications Research Centre, the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation, the Environment Canada R&D Advisory Board, the Department of National Defence R&D Advisory Board, the APEC Center for Technology Foresight (Thailand), the Ottawa Health Research Institute, Genome Canada and the Canadian Space Agency Advisory Council, among others.

Among the numerous honours he has received are the Alcan Award of the Chemical Institute of Canada, the E.W.R. Steacie Award of the Canadian Society for Chemistry, the Montreal Medal of the Chemical Institute of Canada, the Purvis Award of the Society of Chemical Industry, and the National Merit Award of the Ottawa Life Sciences Council. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has honorary degrees from the Université de Rennes in France, from Carleton, Acadia, McMaster's and Queen's Universities, and from the Universities of Waterloo and Ottawa. He is an honorary fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and is one of the few individuals to be named both an officer of the Order of Canada and officier de l'Ordre National du Mérite of France.

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