Name: John Ansel Anderson, B.S.A., M.Sc..,Ph.D., F.R.S.C. , F.C.I.C., F.A.I.C. , D.Sc.
Convocation date: May 13, 1964
Discipline / contribution: organic chemistry ; agriculture
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the University Council and Senate, I present to you John Ansel Anderson, Director-General of the Research Branch of the Canada Department of Agriculture.Degree received: Doctor of Science
Dr. Anderson was born in England, and came to Canada at the age of nineteen. After receiving his Bachelors degree in Agriculture and his Masters degree in plant biochemistry from the University of Alberta, he returned to England and received the PhD degree in organic chemistry from the University of Leeds. He then spent nine year with the National Research Council in Ottawa as a biochemist. He was appointed Chief Chemist of the Board of Grain Commissioners at Winnipeg in 1939 and Director of the Agricultural Research Station in 1962. In 1963 he was appointed to the important and responsible post he now holds.
Dr. Anderson is one of the world’s best known and most highly respected cereal chemists. He has published over one hundred scientific papers on basic cereal chemistry, and in 1957 the American Society of Cereal Chemists awarded him its highest honor, the Osborne Medal, to recognize his distinguished contributions in that field. Since this medal had been awarded only nine times in the thirty-one years of its existence, Dr. Anderson occupies a firm position within the select group of world authorities in cereal chemistry.
This field and its applications are of supreme importance to the agricultural economy of Western Canada. Dr. Anderson’s contributions related to malting barley, durum and bread wheats have led to an increased understanding of those factors necessary for high quality products. The Grain Research Laboratory under his direction has been responsible for the development and application of the grain testing methods which are required to maintain and improve the high quality of our agricultural products. The enviable reputation which Western Canadian grains hold in the markets of the world stems in large measure from the standards established and applied by Dr. Anderson’s group. Western Canada owes much to his work.
For his distinguished contributions, Eminent Chancellor, I present to you John Ansel Anderson, and ask that you will confer on him the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: K.J. McCallum, Head of Chemistry
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