2015 Beberman Award Winner: W. Ford Doolittle

In 2014 Doolittle was awarded the Herzberg Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, the top award given by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. He was a Guggenheim Fellow and is a member of American Academy of Microbiology, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, an Institute Fellow of CIFAR and a Foreign Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Doolittle has been at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia since 1971. The Urbana native attended local schools and graduated from Uni High in 1959. He earned a BA in Biochemical Science from Harvard College in 1963 and a PhD in Biological Science from Stanford University in 1969 with a focus on bacterial genetics. He joined the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Dalhousie in 1971 and has been there ever since. He is now Professor Emeritus, but still working full time.

For 20 years he was the Director of the Program in Evolutionary Biology of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), and for seven, a CRC Chair. Doolittle received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2013.

Congratulations Mr. Doolittle, the 2015 Max Beberman Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

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