Name: Guilford Bevil Reed, Q.B.E.., B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D., F.R.S.C.
Convocation date: May 8, 1953
Discipline / contribution: biology
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor: I present to you Dr. Guilford B. Reed, one of Canada's most outstanding biologists. It has been my privilege to know Dr. Reed for some twenty years as a member, and more recently as Chairman, of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada. In this respect, I have been less fortunate than our President, for he and Guilford were classmates at Harvard some 40 years ago.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Dr. Reed was born in Nova Scotia. His road to an education was not easy, but he persisted and in 1915, obtained his Doctorate at Harvard. Appointed to a junior position at Queen's University, he advanced to the headship of the Department of Bacteriology, a post which he now holds. His achievements in the University have lead to a number of important extramural appointments: chairman of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada, Director of the Kingston Laboratory of the Defence Research Board, consultant to the Directorate of Chemical Warfare, associate Editor of the American Journal of Bacteriology, chairman of the Joint American-Canadian Commission on Control of Rinderpest.
The evidence of Dr. Reed's scientific achievement is to be found in his more than one hundred papers and several books. He has made important contributions in a variety of fields including: bacteriology and immunology of tuberculosis, anaerobic infections in man, especially gas gangrene, blood changes produced by bacterial toxins, and the mode of action of sulphonamides and antibiotics and the genetics of pathogenic bacteria.
Perhaps his best-known work has been that on gas gangrene and the sulphonomides.
Numerous awards which indicate the quality of his work include: the order of the British Empire, the Flavelle Medal, the US Medal of Freedom with palm and this year, the Presidency of the Royal Society of Canada, perhaps the highest honor to which his fellow Canadian scholars could elect him.
On behalf of the Council and Senate, I ask that you confer on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: D.S. Rawson, Head of Biology
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