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Order of Quebec given to many of our own
| Last week was a little unusual for mining and metallurgical engineering professor John Jonas. On Tuesday, he was awarded the Canada Council's Killam Prize and on Friday was named a Knight of the Order of Quebec. "It doesn't happen every week," Jonas admits.
The Killam Prize, which is being handed out to four researchers on May 9, recognizes outstanding career achievements of Canadians in the natural sciences, health sciences and engineering. Jonas, co-director of the McGill Metals Processing Centre, is known internationally for his work on the hot rolling behaviour of metals. The award comes with a $75,000 non-taxable purse.
Jonas is also "totally delighted" to be one of four McGill professors and one graduate to be named to the Order of Quebec. "It's nice to be recognized by the province in which I was born," he says. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993.
At a ceremony in Quebec City on May 25, Charles Taylor, Paul-André Crépeau, Ronald Melzack and Julie Payette will also be honoured by the province. They are among 29 Quebecers being recognized for their contributions to Quebec society, selected from the 236 people who were nominated last fall.
Taylor, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Philosophy, was named Grand Officer. He began teaching at McGill in 1961 after receiving his doctorate from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He was Chichele Professor in social and political theory at Oxford from 1976-1981. Since then, he has been awarded, among others, the Molson Prize and the Killam, both given by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Crépeau, Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Law, was named an Officer of the Order. He has played a leading role in teaching law in Quebec, making his mark in civil law, in particular. He was president of the Quebec Civil Code Revision Office from 1965-1977 and director of the Institute of Comparative Law at McGill from 1975-1984. He was also director of the Quebec Research Centre of Private and Comparative Law. A Rhodes Scholar, he has received a host of honours including the Companion of the Order of Canada.
Pain research pioneer and psychology professor Melzack, a newly-minted Officer of the Order of Quebec, is best known for creating the McGill Pain Questionnaire that is now used in clinics around the world for assessing pain. While a member of the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he and Patrick D. Wall published their now-famous "gate-control" theory of pain in 1965.
Astronaut and engineer Julie Payette was also honoured. She was named a Knight of the Order of Quebec.