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Outstanding Ontario Researchers Honoured

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Outstanding Ontario Researchers Honoured

Province Supporting Excellence in Research

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Ontario is recognizing five of its top university researchers for their valuable contributions to the fields of chemistry, literature, physics and physiology/medicine.

The researchers are each receiving a Polanyi Prize, which are given annually to five researchers who are in the early stages of their careers and are pursuing post-doctoral research at an Ontario university. The recipients of the prizes represent the best researchers Ontario's universities have to offer.  

The 2013 recipients are:

  • Dr. J. Patrick Clancy of the University of Toronto for physics
  • Dr. Diane Gregory of Wilfrid Laurier University for physiology/medicine
  • Dr. Jean-Paul Paluzzi of York University for physiology/medicine
  • Dr. Roland Pongou of the University of Ottawa for economic science
  • Dr. David Francis Taylor of the University of Toronto for literature

Supporting excellence in post-secondary education and research is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts

  • The Polanyi Prizes were established in 1987 to honour the achievements of Dr. John Charles Polanyi, Nobel Prize Laureate in chemistry.
  • A panel directed by the executive heads of the Council of Ontario Universities selects prize recipients from a collection of nominees.
  • Over the past 10 years, Ontario has added almost 16,000 new graduate spaces

Background Information


“Supporting researchers promotes continued innovation, particularly from Ontario’s postsecondary sector, and grows our economy. I’d like to congratulate these exceptional individuals for their important work and the inspiration they provide for future students to succeed.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“The Polanyi Prizes have served for over a quarter of a century as a launching pad for ambitious scholars headed for careers in Ontario’s universities. The research excellence in Nobel subjects conducted by these young academics is changing lives through innovation — and across a broad range of disciplines. I thank the Ontario government for rewarding the contribution of these extraordinary researchers.”

Dr. John C. Polanyi

Nobel Prize Laureate, Chemistry

“These young researchers have already garnered international attention with their work, presenting papers at prestigious international venues or publishing papers in the top journals in their field. And now their ground breaking research is being given this most prestigious honour here in Ontario – the Polanyi Prize, in honour of John Charles Polanyi’s Nobel victory. Congratulations on this tremendous achievement.”

Bonnie Patterson

President and CEO, Council of Ontario Universities

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