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January 05, 2005— Ottawa, Ontario

Since it's founding in 1916, NRC has had the privilege of supporting excellent researchers who have made a difference in every day life of many Canadians.

Dr. Harold Jennings, a NRC Institute for Biological Sciences researcher
Dr. Harold Jennings, a NRC Institute for Biological Sciences researcher

NRC (Acting) President Michael Raymont recently appointed Dr. Harold Jennings, a NRC Institute for Biological Sciences researcher, with a rare and prestigious title. Dr. Harold Jennings was named a Distinguished Research Scientist. NRC has only ever bestowed this designation on two other NRC luminaries: Dr. Gerhard Herzberg and Dr. Keith Ingold.

Dr. Jennings was honoured for his dedication to saving lives through his work in developing the NeisVac-C, a vaccine that protects both infants and adults alike against meningococcal meningitis. Because the focus of his work is to guard infants and toddlers from illness, invited guests and staff were encouraged to bring their children to the celebration. Learn more about Dr Jennings' work through Questions and Answers on our Web site.

During the celebration, Dr. Raymont stated that Dr. Jennings "is one of those rare people who could, early on, see beyond the tables, numbers, and letters that intimidate so many young minds, and to recognize the patterns, the poetry, and the potential to create something new and exciting. We are delighted that he decided to bring this insight and wonder to the National Research Council here in Ottawa, but even more important, we are extremely grateful that he applied his wisdom and energy to issues of great public importance."

NRC (Acting) President Michael Raymont presents Dr. Harold Jennings with a rare and prestigious title: Distinguished Research Scientist.
NRC (Acting) President Michael Raymont presents Dr. Harold Jennings with a rare and prestigious title: Distinguished Research Scientist.

A plaque was presented to Dr. Jennings and his colleagues made various presentations and celebrated his life's work. The special tribute even featured a spectacularly decadent chocolate fountain.

Over the years numerous Canadian and international organizations have honoured Dr. Jennings for his scientific achievements. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Infectious Disease Society of America and the Chemical Institute of Canada. He is also the recipient of the 2004 SCI Kalev Pugi Award (Society of Chemical Industry), an honourary doctorate degree (Carleton University), the 2003 Dr. Jonas Salk Award (Ontario March of Dimes) and the 2002 Manning Award of Distinction (Manning Foundation).

For a more detailed list of Dr. Jennings' patents, awards and degrees, visit the NRC-IBS Web site: http://ibs-isb.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/ourstories/hjenningsbio_e.html


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