I have the honor to present Dr. Geraldine Anne Kenney-Wallace, a noted international authority on lasers and optoelectronics and currently Chairman of the Science Council of Canada. On July 1 this year Dr. Kenney-Wallace will direct her considerable talents to the Presidency of McMaster University, an Institution noted for its innovations in research and teaching.
Dr. Kenney-Wallace is a native of London, England and was educated at Oxford and London before attending the University of British Columbia where she obtained the MSc in 1968 and the PhD in 1970 both in the area of chemical physics. After a short stay at the University of Notre Dame and as an Assistant Professor at Yale, Dr. Kenney-Wallace moved to Toronto in 1975 and is now a Professor of Chemistry at that University. She is the author of over 90 research publications in the field of chemical physics. For this work she has been honored with several awards from Canada and abroad including the Steacie Fellowship of Canada, the Corday Morgan medal and prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry in England, and the Noranda Lecture Award of the Chemical Institute of Canada. She alo held a Killam Foundation Research Fellowship, was a Guggenheim Fellow and has held visiting Professorships at Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and at Stanford University in California. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and holds six hbnorary degrees, but none from Western Canada.
While at Toronto Dr. Kenney-Wallace served on various Government committees, most notably The National Advisory Board on Science and Technology chaired by the Prime Minister, and the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, also reporting to him. She was actively involved in centres of excellence planning in Ontario and Chaired the Advisory Committee of the Premier's Industry Technology Fund. She has been a research and development consultant with industry in Canada and the United States and is a member of the Canadian Advanced Technology Association. Most recently, she has Chaired the CIDA National Advisory Panel on Centres of Excellence in International Development and was a member of the federal Networks of Excellence research initiative. Centres of Excellence programs are new Government initiatives to promote research often involving establishing networks of scientists located in different parts of Canada. It is evidence of her scientific reputation that Dr. Kenney-Wallace's advice is being sought in the development of these new programs.
Besides her scientific accomplishments, Dr. Kenney-Wallace is a great lover of poetry, opera, music, ballet and art. She is particularly interested in seventeenth and eighteenth century Japanese prints. She has told me that looking at early artwork gives her the same sense of enjoyment and discovery that she has found in her scientific endeavours.
Mr. Chancellor, it is an honor and privilege for me to ask in the name of the Senate of The University of Manitoba, that you confer upon Geraldine Anne Kenney-Wallace, the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.
-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba