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2008 Polanyi Prize Recipients Honoured

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2008 Polanyi Prize Recipients Honoured

McGuinty Government Fosters Ontario's World-Class University Research

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Five outstanding Ontario university researchers were presented today with the 2008 Polanyi Prize in recognition of their work in chemistry, physiology/medicine, literature and economics.

The annual Polanyi Prize was established by the Ontario Government in 1986 after University of Toronto Professor John Polanyi was a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in chemistry. Polanyi Prizes, valued at $20,000 each, are awarded to researchers planning to continue postdoctoral studies at an Ontario university.

The Polanyi Prize recipients are: Dr. Mark Taylor of the University of Toronto, for chemistry; Dr. Warren Lee of the University of Toronto, for physiology/medicine; Dr. Katherine Larson of the University of Toronto, for literature; Dr. Philip DeCicca of McMaster University, for economics; Dr. Nadine Kolas of the University of Toronto, for physiology/medicine. They were honoured in Toronto at a ceremony at Massey College.

Quick Facts

  • The Polanyi Prizes, $20,000 each, are presented annually to up to five outstanding university researchers in Ontario.
  • The selection process is administered by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies, an affiliate of the Council of Ontario Universities.

Background Information


“Supporting their research is key to developing and keeping talented knowledge workers. In honouring these researchers' early achievements and confidently anticipating their future discoveries, we are cultivating a unique resource benefiting all Ontario.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“The fact that the Government of Ontario has, through two decades and many changes, continued to sponsor these prizes carries a clear message: 'If you are an ambitious scholar, this is the place to be.' The prizes cover a broad spectrum of subjects from the sciences to the humanities, making the further point that excellence is indivisible”

Dr. John C. Polanyi

Nobel Prize-winning chemist



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