Professor Leslie Shemilt passed away in Hamilton, Ont. on December 20, 2011, a few days before celebrating his 92th birthday.
Shemilt received a Bachelor degree from the University of Toronto, a Master's degree from the University of Manitoba, and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He had a brilliant and eventful career, helping establish several chemical engineering departments in Canada. He joined the University of British Columbia in 1947, where he worked for 13 years. In 1960, he moved to the University of New Brunswick as the founding chair of the Chemical Engineering Department. In 1969, he moved to McMaster University as the Dean of Engineering, a position he occupied until 1979. Professor Shemilt was Editor-in-Chief of the CJChE from 1967 to 1985 and did much to establish the Journal as a leading scientific publication on chemical engineering.
Professor Shemilt also served as the President of the Chemical Institute of Canada, and as Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee to Atomic Energy of Canada on the Nuclear Fuel Waste Management Program, among other distinguished positions. He was honoured for his achievements in chemical engineering as an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Fellowship of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He was also bestowed three honorary degrees from St. Staszic University in Cracow, Poland, McMaster University, and the University of Waterloo.
Professor Shemilt will be remembered by his peers with great fondness, respect and admiration.
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