|Presentation of an Honorary Degree to Taube, H., Oct., 27, 1973 (Photograph Collection, A-5161)|
Convocation date: October 27, 1973
Discipline / contribution: chemistry
Citation / biographical information:
The University of Saskatchewan will confer an honorary doctor of laws degree on Dr. Henry Taube, one of North America's most distinguished chemists.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Dr. Taube, who is chairman of the Department of Chemistry at Stanford University, California, will receive the degree at the annual fall Convocation of the Saskatoon campus, Saturday, Oct. 27, in the Centennial Auditorium. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.
As a research chemist, teacher, writer, and administrator, Dr. Taube has been widely honored for his contributions in the field of inorganic chemistry. In 1967, the American Chemical Society presented him with an award for distinguished service, citing him for pioneering studies in his field and stating that he added a whole new dimension of interest centred on the kinetics and mechanisms of inorganic reactions. His research has resulted in more than 200 scientific articles and two books.
Other awards he has won include the American Chemical Society's award for nuclear applications in chemistry, the Chandler Medal from Columbia University and the F.P. Dwyer Medal from the University of New South Wales. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1959 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1961. In 1968, he travelled to Italy, Greece and Germany on a NATO visiting professorship, and in 1965, he was the Baker lecturer in chemistry at Cornell University.
Dr. Taube has been with Stanford University for the past 11 years and has chaired the Department of Chemistry since 1972. He has also taught at the University of Chicago, at Cornell University, and at the University of California at Berkeley.
He was born in Neudorf, Saskatchewan, and received the bachelor and master of science degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, where his research supervisor was Dr. J.W.T. Spinks, now president of the University. He then went on to the University of California at Berkeley for the PhD.
As a hobby, Dr. Taube collects old classical vocal phonograph records. He has acquired more than 7,000 65 to 100 RPM recordings, including Edison cylinders and disks, that date back as far as 1899.
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