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Joe Schwarcz PhD - Director

Contact Information

801 Sherbrooke Street W.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H3A 0B8

Email address: 
joe.schwarcz [at]

Joe Schwarcz is Director of the McGill Office for Science and Society. He is well known for his informative and entertaining public lectures on topics ranging from the chemistry of love to the science of aging. Dr. Joe has received numerous awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public and is the only non-American ever to win the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Grady-Stack Award for demystifying chemistry. He hosts "The Dr. Joe Show" on Montreal's CJAD and has appeared hundreds of times on The Discovery Channel, CTV, CBC, TV Ontario and Global Television. He is also an amateur conjurer and often spices up his presentations with a little magic. Dr. Joe also writes a newspaper column entitled “The Right Chemistry” and has authored a number of books including best-sellers, Radar, Hula Hoops and Playful PigsThe Genie in the BottleThe Right ChemistryAn Apple a Day, Is That a Fact?, and Monkeys, Myths, and Molecules.  Dr. Joe was awarded the 2010 Montreal Medal, the Canadian Chemical Institute’s premier prize recognizing lifetime contributions to chemistry in Canada. In 2015 he was named winner of the Balles Prize for critical thinking by the US based Committee for Skeptical Inquiry in recognition of his 2014 book, Is That A Fact?


"The Prism Podcast", Grant Ritchey and Clay Jones. June 2:

"A Feast of Science" book review, Science-Based Medicine. May 22:

"Monkeys, Myths, and Molecules: A Chemist Separates Fact from Fiction" book review, Science-Based Medicine. August 11: 

"Monkeys to Molecules: Joe Schwarcz dispels myths about science" on CBC's The Current; May 6 broadcast:

The Social; May 11 broadcast: [segment begins at 2.35 mark]

Canada AM; May 11 broadcast:

Global TV; April 29 broadcast:

The Agenda with Steve Paikin; April 27 broadcast:

"Organic Cosmetics", first segment of a "Organic Panic", a 5-part documentary series on VisionTV; April 15 broadcast: 

GAWKER.COM (mention), “The ‘Food Babe’ Blogger is Full of Shit”;

New York Times (mention), Courtney Rubin on The Food Babe; March 13, 2015:

"Scientists question research on homeopathic treatment for ADHD" on CBC's The Current; March 5 broadcast: 


CHEM 181: Chemistry of Food

CHEM 183: Chemistry of Drugs