Distinguished Researchers - 2002
Ali H. Rajput
Professor of Neurology
The Distinguished Researcher Award recognizes a faculty member's contribution to scholarship through the creation, expansion and critique of knowledge. The University has selected Ali H. Rajput, Professor in the Division of Neurology, College of Medicine as the Spring 2002 recipient of this award.
Professor Rajput earned a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees (1958) at the University of Sind, Pakistan and a Master of Science degree (1966) in neurology at the University of Michigan. He was appointed a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1966.
With the exception of one year's sabbatical at the Mayo Clinic, he has spent his 35-year career at the University of Saskatchewan. He served as head of the Division of Neurology from 1985 to 2001. He is currently an associate member for the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology.
Prof. Rajput is one of the world's foremost researchers on Parkinson's disease. He has done substantial research on levodopa, the first effective long-term treatment for Parkinson's disease. His work has settled controversy about possible toxic side effects of the drug, enabling physicians to prescribe levodopa without hesitation to patients who would benefit.
Prof. Rajput's studies on levodopa therapy have changed standard practices in neurology. He has found that the drug is not toxic to humans and that timely levodopa administration prolongs survival in Parkinson's disease patients. Patients now receive lower, more beneficial doses of levodopa. He has also done extensive study of clinical diagnosis in Parkinsonism.
He has recently discovered a compound in the brains of Parkinson's patients that could be related to the cause of the disease. Prevention of Parkinson's has become a possibility. He has also done significant clinical research on Alzheimer's pathology that has potential applications for helping both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's patients.
He has balanced clinical practice with teaching, administrative duties and research, acting as a mentor and collaborator to faculty, residents and students throughout his career.
Prof. Rajput has been honoured with many awards including the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 1993, the Order of Canada (Officer) in 1997, and the Morton Schulman Award from the Parkinson Society of Canada in 2001.
He has served on national and international committees, and has published numerous book chapters, articles and papers. He is a reviewer for many professional journals and granting agencies. He is also in demand as a consultant, guest lecturer, and media resource on Parkinson's disease and research.
Prof. Rajput has made important discoveries in neurology and has played a leading role in his field, provincially, nationally and internationally. He is a worthy recipient of this award.
Edward (Ted) J. Llewellyn
Professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics
The Distinguished Researcher Award recognizes a faculty member's contribution to scholarship through the creation, expansion and critique of knowledge. The University has selected Edward (Ted) Llewellyn, Professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, as the Fall 2002 recipient of this award.
Professor Llewellyn earned a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree (1960) and a Ph.D. (1963) at the University of Exeter. In 1964, he joined the University of Saskatchewan and later served as Physics department head for 18 months. He is one of only a few professors to be awarded a D.Sc. degree (1987) by the University.
Prof. Llewellyn is a world leader in optical aeronomic and atmospheric research. His major achievements range from co-discovering the upper ozone layer of the Earth to monitoring stratospheric pollutants using scattered sunlight measurements from space.
He is the principal investigator for the OSIRIS (Optical Spectrograph and InfraRed Imager System) instrument that was launched in 2001 on the Swedish-led Odin satellite, a joint project involving Sweden, Canada, Finland and France.
The instrument, 10 years in the making, will allow detailed mapping of the ozone concentration in the upper atmosphere for the first time. Unique data provided by the instrument will provide insights into how ozone depletion is occurring, rather than just where it is happening over the Earth. This work is a prelude to essential studies on climate change.
His team's expertise on remote sensing is sought after by industry and military sectors. He was also the principal investigator for rocket experiments flown in Canadian, British, Swedish and U.S. rocket programs and the OGLOW-II Shuttle experiment.
Prof. Llewellyn was vital in the development of the U of S Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies. He has promoted Canadian collaboration with a number of top-rated international projects and has built solid relationships with Canadian industry and the Canadian Space Agency. He has brought millions of dollars in contracts and federal research grants to the U of S.
Among his many awards and honors, he was elected in 1994 as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is a prolific publisher of articles, referee for numerous professional journals and associate editor for the Canadian Journal of Physics. He also reviews many papers and grant applications for federal granting agencies and NASA, and has served on numerous national and international committees.
He has greatly contributed to U of S teaching and graduate education. He set up the Engineering Physics Internship Program, provides caring and inspired postgraduate supervision, and has fostered careers of his many post-doctoral fellows and research staff members.
Prof. Llewellyn has made landmark discoveries and has played a leading role in national and international aeronomy and space science communities. He is a very deserving recipient of this award.