Two Brock alumni have been inducted into the prestigious Royal Society of Canada (RSC).
Guy Narbonne (BSc ’75) and Xiao-Chun (Chris) Le (MSc ‘89) are among the new fellows named this year.
Narbonne is a professor and research chair in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering at Queen’s University. His descriptions of the biology, life strategies, ecology and history of Ediacaran biota, the oldest forms of complex life yet discovered, have influenced our understanding of evolution.
“I am very proud of all of Guy’s achievements and as a friend I am very happy for him, but not surprised,” said Rick Cheel, Interim Dean, Faculty of Mathematics and Science. “During his days as a graduate student he was at the top of his field and has remained at the top of every area of research that he has participated in.”
Le is a professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. His work has resulted in better detection of toxic contaminants and greater understanding of their health effects.
“Chris came well-trained from Beijing and was eager to learn,” recalls Ian Brindle, Vice-President, Research. “We did some groundbreaking research together during his time here at Brock. And his master’s thesis could have easily earned him a PhD, if we had had a PhD program at the time. Words can’t express my pride in Chris’ achievement.”
The RSC induction is one of the country’s highest academic honours. New fellows will be officially named at the RSC’s Annual General Meeting from Nov. 26 to 28 in Ottawa.
Barry Grant, professor of Film Studies at Brock, was also named to the RSC this year.