Three Arts professors honoured by the Royal Society of Canada

The Royal Society of Canada recently announced its most recent cohort of fellows and award winners, including three of the Faculty of Arts' own.

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) recently announced its most recent cohort of fellows and award winners, including three Arts professors who were recognized for their outstanding research and scholarship in their respective fields.

David Wright, Royal Society of Canada Fellow

Professor David WrightProfessor David Wright, Department of History & Classical Studies, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Professor Wright joined the Faculty of Arts in 2011, holding a joint appointment in the Department of History & Classical Studies and the Institute for Health and Social Policy (Faculty of Medicine). For most of the past twenty years, he has researched and published on the history of mental disorders (with a particular expertise in the history of mental hospitals), resulting in several books and edited volumes. More recently, he has led a research team investigating the transnational migration of physicians in the second half of the twentieth century.

The RSC fellowship is comprised of over 2000 peer-elected Canadian scholars, artists, and scientists. These distinguished men and women from all branches of learning have made remarkable contributions to the arts, the humanities and the sciences, as well as to Canadian public life. Recognition by the RSC is the highest honour an individual can achieve in the Arts, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences.

Professor Wright, along with other members of the 2020 cohort of RSC Fellows, will be officially inducted to the RSC at its Celebration of Excellence and Engagement on November 27.

Michel Biron, 2020 Lorne Pierce Medal

Professor Michel BironThe RSC has recognized Professor Michel Biron, Département des littératures de langue française, de traduction et de création, with its 2020 Lorne Pierce Medal. Awarded every two years, the Lorne Pierce Medal recognizes achievement in imaginative or critical literature in either English or French. 

Professor Biron joined the Faculty of Arts in 2002. His prosperous research career in French literature from around the world - with a special focus on Quebec and Belgian literature - has resulted in multiple publications and has garnered several awards. He is a renowned expert in his field on both the Canadian and international scenes. Read the McGill Reporter article on his work here.

Allan Greer, 2020 J. B. Tyrrell Historical Medal

Professor Allan GreerThis year, Professor Allan Greer, Department of History & Classical Studies, was recognized with the RSC's J. B. Tyrrell Historical Medal. The medal, awarded on a biannual basis, honours "outstanding work in the history of Canada". Professor Greer, who has been teaching at McGill since 2009, was originally trained as a historian of early Canada.

Over the course of his career, however, he has expanded his research and teaching to include the study of colonial North America, the history of native peoples of the Americas, and the history of the Atlantic World. Read more about his exciting research endeavours in the McGill Reporter.

"These honours highlight the longstanding tradition of world-class research and scholarship at the Faculty of Arts and the university," said Dean of Arts Antonia Maioni. "We are proud of our professors' accomplishments and look forward to their continued contributions to their fields."

About the Royal Society of Canada

Established in 1883, the Royal Society of Canada consists of over 2,000 Fellows who have been selected by their peers for outstanding contributions to the natural and social sciences, arts, and humanities. In 2014, the RSC established the College of New Scholars, Scientist and Artists as a complement to the Fellowship. The College recognizes individuals who have begun demonstrating leading scholarly, research or artistic excellence within 15 years of having completed their post-doctoral program or its equivalent. Learn more about the RSC here.

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