Jeremy N. McNeil was born in Tonbridge, England, received his B. Sc. in Canada (1969) and his PhD in the USA (1972). From 1972-2012 he was a professor at Laval University and in 2013 was a Humboldt Fellow in Hamburg. Professor McNeil is now the H. Battle Professor of Chemical Ecology at the University of Western Ontario.
He has an interdisciplinary research programme in chemical ecology and has published >200 scientific papers. He has received a number of national and international awards for his research including the Gold Medal from the Entomological Society of Canada, the Fry Medal of the Canadian Society of Zoologist, the Silver Medal of the International Society of Chemical Ecology and the Delwart Prize in Chemical Ecology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and is the RSC Foreign Secretary. For over 30 years he has been engaged, both at home and abroad, in activities relating to the public awareness of science. In 2014 he was appointed to the Order of Canada for his research and for his dedication to increasing public appreciation of science.