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December 06, 2006— Ottawa, Ontario

For 90 years, the National Research Council (NRC) has been a 'go-to' source for solving science and technology problems and for supporting industry through future-oriented research and development. In celebration of its 90th birthday, NRC recently launched NRC @ 90 to share examples of the important and creative discoveries and contributions that grew from this organization.

Memories Achievements Timeline

NRC @ 90 is a virtual scrapbook of key milestones and memories that tell the story of the achievements, enthusiasm and dedication that have shaped NRC into Canada's foremost federal science and research organization.

NRC @ 90

Take a look at NRC's remarkable history.

NRC @ 90 includes:

  • memories from NRC employees, past and present, about their time at Canada's premier science organization;
  • a collection of articles about some great Canadian R&D accomplishments; and
  • an interactive timeline that takes you through NRC's proud past.

Join us in celebrating 90 years of 'science at work for Canada' by exploring NRC @ 90 today!

Most Canadians know about NRC's national timekeeping role and many realize that NRC works closely with industry and universities; however, there have been countless contributions to other areas of engineering and science. For example, since its inception in 1916, NRC has undertaken valuable health-related research that has improved the lives of individuals both in Canada and around the world.

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Here is a sample from one of Canada's most distinguished mass spectrometrists and analytical chemists, Dr. Robert K. Boyd, who worked in Halifax at NRC's Atlantic Research Laboratory, now the NRC Institute for Marine Biosciences. He is currently in Ottawa at the NRC Institute for National Measurement Standards.

"I don't regret switching from a university to NRC. If I were to say why... the things we do [at NRC] are more clearly directed towards improving the well-being, economic or otherwise, of Canadians. Another big advantage that NRC has over universities is the superb technicians who are permanent employees."
Dr. Robert Boyd
NRC Researcher Emeritus

At its outset, NRC helped Canadians battle tuberculosis. In the 1950s, talented engineers built a better quality of life for Canadians by advancing life-saving pacemaker technology. Its researchers also developed the first practical electric wheelchair, which gave para- and quadriplegic users a new sense of independence.

NRC scientists also helped grow a multi-billion-dollar industry by creating canola – a healthy, made-in-Canada supercrop that is one of our country's most valuable assets.

More recently, dedicated scientists have continued NRC's tradition of successful health research by developing an infant meningitis vaccine that has protected the lives of thousands of children around the world. NRC is also committed to protecting our food and water supplies by finding ways to stop E.coli, a dangerous source of food- and water-borne illness, before it reaches humans.

These are but a few examples of how NRC's talented researchers have contributed to the health, safety and prosperity of Canadians. Throughout its nine decades of cutting-edge research and development, NRC has also been committed to benefiting our country's economy by commercializing new technologies, spinning off and fostering the growth of young Canadian companies, and collaborating with researchers from universities and industry across the country.

Learn more about health research at NRC as well as contributions to other fields that affect the lives of Canadians like security, energy and the environment.

Join us in celebrating 90 years of 'science at work for Canada' by exploring NRC @ 90 today!

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