UBC Chemical and Biological Engineering Professor David Wilkinson has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the highest distinction a scholar can achieve in the arts, humanities and the natural and social sciences. Wilkinson was nominated by Fellows of the Society in the Applied Sciences and Engineering Division. He joins over 2,000 Canadians who have also been so honoured for outstanding contributions to their fields and public life.
Wilkinson is the current Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Clean Energy and Fuel Cells in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CHBE). Earlier this year, Wilkinson won the international 2014 Grove Medal, awarded to those who have made valuable contributions towards the research, development and success of fuel cell technology.
Wilkinson is considered to be one of the leading all-time fuel cell inventors, by US patents issued, and is an internationally recognized researcher in the areas of electrochemistry and electrochemical engineering. He has over 75 patents and 150 publications, embodying innovative research in electrochemical and photochemical power devices and processes to create clean and sustainable energy. His many research contributions cover a wide range of research from fundamental material science and catalysis, to engineering design and fabrication.
In addition to becoming a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Wilkinson is also a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada.
The Induction and Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City.
About the Royal Society of Canada (RSC)
Founded in 1882, the RSC is Canada’s senior and most prestigious scholarly organization. The society has three primary functions: to recognize outstanding contributions to Canadian intellectual culture; to promote Canadian culture abroad; and to advise governments and organizations. For more information, visit RSC.