Sponsored by the E.W.R. Steacie Endowment Fund (Supported by the CSC Board and some Subject Divisions of the CIC and CSC)
The E.W.R. Steacie Award is presented to a scientist who has made a distinguished contribution to chemistry while working in Canada.
The 2021 winner of the E.W.R. Steacie Award is:
Roderick E. Wasylishen, MCIC
University of Alberta
In 1968, Rod Wasylishen obtained a B.Sc. from the University of Waterloo where he was introduced to nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy by Terry Gough. Graduate studies followed at the University of Manitoba where Rod’s supervisor was Ted Schaefer, a pioneer in the field of NMR. Between 1972 and 1974 Rod was an NRC PDF with E.D. Becker at the NIH, Bethesda, MD. He subsequently held faculty positions at the University of Winnipeg (1974-82), Dalhousie (1982-2000) and the University of Alberta (2000-2014). Since 2014, he has continued research at the U. of A. as Lifetime Professor Emeritus. Rod’s research has focused on better understanding the parameters measured in NMR experiments, methods and applications of NMR in characterizing solids. He co-edited the Encyclopedia of NMR with Robin K. Harris in 2012. He has mentored more than 25 Ph.D. students, several M.Sc. and undergraduate students and PDFs. His research has been generously supported by the universities that have employed him, NSERC, the Canada Research Chairs Program (U. of A.), and the Canada Council Killam Research Program (Dalhousie). Rod has been the recipient of several honours including: Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Fellow of the AAAS, John C. Polanyi Lecture Award, the J. Gordin Kaplan Award, and the Vaughan Lecture Award.