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Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Ottawa
Chair, Science, Technology, and Innovation Council (Canada)
Howard Alper is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Ottawa where his research spans organic and inorganic chemistry, with potential applications in the pharmaceutical, petrochemical, and commodity chemical industries. Dr. Alper has served as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Council of Canadian Academies and on private-sector boards. Major awards to Dr. Alper include the Alcan Award for Inorganic Chemistry (1986), the Bader Award for Organic Chemistry (1990), and the Steacie Award for Chemistry (1993). The Chemical Institute of Canada has presented Dr. Alper with the Catalysis Award (1984), the Montreal Medal (2003), and the CIC Medal (1997), its highest honour. He also received the Urgel Archambault Prize (ACFAS) in physical sciences and engineering. In 2000, the Governor General of Canada presented him with the first Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal in Science and Engineering, the most prestigious award in Canada for science and engineering. Dr. Alper is a member of the Science Advisory Committee of the World Economic Forum as well as IAP Co-Chair of the Global Network of Science Academies. Howard Alper chairs the government of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council. Dr. Alper is also an Officer of the Order of Canada. He has published over 500 publications and has 37 patents.