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2010 Polanyi Prize Awarded To Top Researchers

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2010 Polanyi Prize Awarded To Top Researchers

McGuinty Government Celebrates Research Excellence In Ontario

Five of Ontario's leading university researchers are being awarded the 2010 Polanyi Prize to recognize their outstanding contributions in the areas of chemistry, physiology/medicine, literature, physics and economics.

The Polanyi Prizes were established in 1987 by the Ontario government to honour the achievements of John Charles Polanyi, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Five prizes are awarded annually to outstanding young researchers in the early stages of their careers at Ontario universities. 

The 2010 Polanyi Prize recipients are:

  • Dr. Todd Hoare of McMaster University for chemistry
  • Dr. Benjamin Lester of the University of Western Ontario for economics
  • Dr. Anna Lewis of the University of Ottawa for literature
  • Dr. Anne Broadbent of the University of Waterloo for physics
  • Dr. Alex Wong of the University of Ottawa for physiology/medicine

They will be honoured in Toronto at a ceremony at Massey College on Tuesday, November 30, 2010.

The McGuinty government's Open Ontario plan is helping to build the most skilled and educated workforce in the world, giving Ontario the competitive edge in securing a strong economy for the future.

Quick Facts

  • Recepients of a Polanyi Prize receive $20,000 each.
  • The Ontario Council on Graduate Studies, an affiliate of the Council of Ontario Universities, establishes a panel on behalf of the government to solicit nominations and select the award winners from a rich collection of nominees.

Background Information


“I am pleased to present the Polanyi Prizes to the 2010 recipients for their tremendous achievements. Although these awards were created to honour Dr. Polanyi, they also serve to shine a spotlight on researchers, who are unsung heroes of modern advances.”

The Honourable David C. Onley

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

“It is innovation that drives the economy of the 21st century. This year's Polanyi Prize recipients demonstrate the ingenuity that is driving Ontario's thriving knowledge economy and will keep our province ahead of the competition for generations to come.”

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; creativity in the arts supports that in science; and basic understanding is essential for innovation. If the province can succeed in making these points, the prizes will have served a historic purpose.”

Dr. John C. Polanyi

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