Dr Brenda Milner promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada


On July 29, 2004, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, announced 79 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Dr Brenda Milner was promoted to Companion, the highest honour within the Order, and was one of only two Companions named in the announcement. There can only be 165 living Companions at any given time.

Dr Milner is the Dorothy J. Killam Professor, Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), and a professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1984.

Dr Milner obtained her BA (1939) and MA (1949) in Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge. She received her PhD (1952) in Physiological Psychology from McGill University and her ScD (1972) from the University of Cambridge.

Dr Milner's current research in the Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the MNI focuses on the specialization of the brain hemispheres. She and her colleagues are using sophisticated brain imaging technologies to examine differences between the right and left hemispheres. Dr Milner is particularly interested in the role of the right hemisphere in remembering the location of objects.

Dr Milner is a fellow of the Royal Society and a prestigious foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) — one of only 14 from Canada. She was elected to the Academy in 1976 and was awarded the 2004 Award in Neurosciences. Dr Milner is the recipient of more than two dozen honorary degrees and professional awards.

Order of Canada citation

Brenda Milner, C.C., O.Q.
Montreal, Quebec
Companion of the Order of Canada

A legend in the field of neuroscience, Brenda Milner has laid the foundations of neuropsychology. Researcher and Dorothy J. Killam Professor at the Montreal Neurological Institute and a professor at McGill, she is known around the world for revolutionizing the study of memory. She has used advanced technology to push the boundaries of her specialty and continues to broaden our understanding of cognitive learning, language, sensations and emotions. The recipient of prestigious international honours, most recently she was presented with the Award in Neurosciences from the National Academy of Sciences (U.S.A.). She continues to be an inspirational mentor and a role model for scientists.

This is a promotion within the Order.