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Paul Ayers Wins Steacie Prize for Natural Sciences Print E-mail


I am delighted to inform you that Prof. Paul Ayers has won the 2013 Steacie Prize for the Natural Sciences (  The Steacie Prize is administered by the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fund, a "private foundation dedicated to the advancement of science and engineering in Canada", and is presented once a year to a scientist or engineer under the age of 40 for outstanding research carried out in Canada.  


Paul is only the third McMaster scientist or engineer to have won this prestigious award; the other two were Prof. Peter Maitlis, an organometallic chemist who worked in our department from 1962-1972 and won the award in 1970, and Prof. Emeritus Jules Carbotte of Physics & Astronomy, who won in 1975.  

Prior to the recent reorganization of the National Research Council, Steacie Prize recipients were presented with the award and delivered an award lecture at the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences in Ottawa.  We have been told informally that the expectation now is for the university to host the award ceremony, at which he will deliver a (ca. 30 minute) public lecture.  We will keep you apprised of further developments as they develop.  

Please join me in congratulating Paul for another important achievement.

Best regards,

William J. Leigh, Professor and Chair,

Chemistry & Chemical Biology
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