Dr. Richard H. Tomlinson is a distinguished alumni of McGill. He graduated from McGill with a PhD in Chemistry in 1948 under the supervision of Otto Maass and then joined the Department of Chemistry at McMaster University, where he served as Chair and is now Professor Emeritus. He is the founding Director of Gennum Corporation, which became a major manufacturer of microchips for digital signal processing as well as the world’s largest supplier of microchips for hearing aids.
In 2000, he created the Dr. Richard H. Tomlinson Fellowship program at his alma mater to attract high-caliber students to McGill. The Tomlinson Doctoral Fellowships are worth $35,000/year for up to 3 years, making this one of the most prestigious fellowships programs in Canada and a significant contribution to recruiting and supporting exceptional graduate students at McGill.