Maurice L'ABBÉ

1920-2006

Maurice L'ABBÉ 1920-2006

1994 Scientific Scientific

After studying mathematics at the Université de Montréal, Maurice L’Abbé became the first Quebecer to earn a doctorate in mathematics from Princeton University, in New Jersey. Parallel to his career at the Université de Montréal, where he was successively a professor, the director of the Mathematics Department, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Science and Vice-Rector of research, Maurice L’Abbé founded several organizations, including the Université de Montréal’s Mathematical research center, which, after more than 25 years of existence, is one of the most widely recognized in the world. He was also one of the prime instigators of the Higher Mathematics Seminar which took place in 1962. Both of these accomplishments had an extraordinary impact on the development of mathematics in Québec, attracting the world’s best mathematicians to the Montréal scientific community.

Deeply concerned with the quality of teaching and committed to fostering interest in mathematics and science among youth and women, in 1958 Mr. L’Abbé chaired a committee dedicated to the establishment of the Quebec Mathematics Association. Throughout his career, Mr. L’Abbé was a member of several associations devoted to promoting science. Most notably, he directed the Canada Science Council and chaired the Quebec, Science and Technology Council.

In November of 1994, the Government of Quebec presented him with the Armand-Frappier Award in recognition of his remarkable contribution to scientific development in Quebec.