Roger GAUDRY 1914-2001

1999 Scientific Scientific

Mr. Roger Gaudry has made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of education and the development of scientific research, both in Quebec and abroad.

The first lay rector in the history of the Université de Montréal, a position in which he served from 1965 to 1975, he is a figurehead of the Montréal scientific community, on the national and international levels.

Mr. Gaudry was chairman of the Science Council of Canada from 1972 to 1975 and of the Council of the United Nations University from 1974 to 1976. He has also served on the boards of directors of corporations and associations such as Alcan Aluminium Limited, the Bank of Montréal, Nordic Laboratories Inc., and the National Cancer Institute. Although he retired officially from the Université de Montréal in 1980, he still plays an active role within the Jules and Paul-Émile Léger Foundation and the Clinical Research Institute of Montréal.

Mr. Roger Gaudry began his career as a teacher in 1940, as a chemistry professor in the Faculty of Medicine of Université Laval. At the time, he was the first non-physician teaching professional to be admitted to the faculty, where he taught for 14 years.

In 1954 he left teaching to join Ayerst, McKenna and Harrison as director of one of the largest pharmaceutical research laboratories in Canada. After 11 years in this particularly successful career, he returned to the education sector as rector of the Université de Montréal.

Mr. Gaudry has been chosen for countless distinctions and honorary degrees. On three occasions he has received the Province of Québec Science Award and he has also received several medals, notably from the Association des anciens de l'Université Laval (1965), the Medal of the Centenary of Canada (1967), the Medal of the Chemical Institute of Canada (1974), and some 10 honorary degrees from prestigious universities in Canada and abroad.

Mr. Gaudry was appointed Companion of the Order of Canada in 1968, Knight of Malta in 1976, Compagnon de Lavoisier by the Québec Order of Chemists (1985), and Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec in 1992. In 1996, he received the Jose Vasconselos World Education Award, presented by the World Cultural Council.