Terrance McMahon, University of Waterloo

Presented by Hans-Peter Loock, Physical, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Division (right)

Terry McMahon grew up in Edmonton and obtained his BSc (Hons.) degree in chemistry from the University of Alberta in 1969 and his PhD in physical chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1974. He spent the 1973–1974 academic year as a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Paul Kebarle at the University of Alberta and then moved to a faculty position as assistant professor at the University of New Brunswick in the Fall of 1974, rising to the rank of full professor in 1981. He moved to the University of Waterloo as a full professor in 1984 where he served as the director of the Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry, (GWC)2, from 1988–1991 and as chair of the Department of Chemistry from 1995´1998 and again from 2000–2007. In July 2007 he became Dean of Science. McMahon has spent three separate sabbatical years in the Laboratoire des Mécanismes Réactionnels at the École Polytechnique in Paris where he established strong collaborative links. He has published ~200 articles in his research area of structure, energetics, reaction dynamics and vibrational spectroscopy of gaseous ions with over 6000 citations and an h-index of 42. In recognition of his research accomplishments he has received the E.W.R. Steacie Fellowship and the Barringer Award of the Spectroscopy Society of Canada.  In 2005 he was installed as University Professor, the University of Waterloo’s top academic honour.