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November 05, 2005— Ottawa, Ontario

In the world of science, the practice of electing Fellows of the United Kingdom's Royal Society dates back to 1660. Apart from receiving a Nobel Prize, being elected a Fellow is considered the most important honour for a scientist. On October 25, during a plaque unveiling ceremony at its 100 Sussex Drive laboratories in Ottawa, NRC officially celebrated its past and present researchers who have earned the title of Fellow of the Royal Society (UK).

At last count, thirteen NRC staff and alumni earned this prestigious title for their outstanding contributions to science and engineering. They are in great company along with other renowned Fellows, including: Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Max Planck,Sir Alexander Fleming, Vincent Massey, Sir Robert Peel, Wilder Penfield, John Stanley Plaskett, Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand vonHelmholtz and Thomas Huxley.

Drs. Corkum and Normandin unveil the plaque.
Drs. Corkum and Normandin unveil the plaque.

Forty-four new Fellows are elected annually, earning an accolade that the Society reserves for "the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth".

In reverse chronological order, here are NRC's past and present Fellows of the Royal Society:

Five Fellows of the Royal Society join in the celebration (from left to right): Drs. Ingold, Ramsay, Schneider, Corkum and Watson.
Five Fellows of the Royal Society join in the celebration (from left to right): Drs. Ingold, Ramsay, Schneider, Corkum and Watson.

Drs. Schneider, Corkum, Watson, Ramsay and Ingold attended Friday's ceremony, along with NRC colleagues and senior executives, including Drs. Coulombe, Simpson, Barakat and Normandin.

Three Fellows deep in conversation (from left to right): Drs. Schneider, Ingold and Corkum.
Three Fellows deep in conversation (from left to right): Drs. Schneider, Ingold and Corkum.

NRC's newest Fellow of the Royal Society, Dr. Paul Corkum, has experienced an incredible year of accolades from peers and professional associations. In 2005, he was also awarded the American Physical Society's Arthur Schawlow Prize, the American Optical Society's Charles H. Townes Award and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE/LEOS) Quantum Electronics Award.


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