By: J.R. Ufford, November 1972
I have the honour to present to you Carl Arthur Winkler, scientist, teacher, and administrator.
Carl Winkler was born in Manitoba and received his Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree at the University of Manitoba. In 1933 he received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from McGill University, where he worked under the direction of the noted Canadian chemist, the late Dr. Otto Maass. He then went to Oxford where he worked under the direction of the Nobel laureate Sir Cyril Hinshelwood and obtained a second doctorate in Philosophy.
While he was at the University of Manitoba, Carl Winkler won the Governor-General's Silver Medal and was a Manitoba Wheat Pool Fellow; at McGill he was both a National Research Council Scholar and Fellow; at Oxford he was a Rhodes Scholar. Dr. Winkler has been awarded the Montreal Medal of the Chemical Institute of Canada which is given for significant leadership or an outstanding contribution to chemistry and also the Institute's Chemical Education Award which is given for outstanding contributions in Canada to education in the field of chemistry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
Dr. Winkler was appointed Assistant Professor of Chemistry at McGill University in 1939, he progressed through the various academic ranks and became Chairman of the Department in 1955. In 1966 he was appointed Vice-Principal for Planning and Development, a position he held until 1969.
As a teacher, Dr. Winkler has earned an outstanding reputation. His lectures are models of clarity and logical development, as I know from personal experience. He is a founding member of the Quebec Association of Chemistry Teachers which is made up of chemistry teachers at all levels of instruction.
Dr. Winkler's research interests are in the fields of chemical kinetics and electrochemistry. In particular, his interest is the reactions of active nitrogen and his graduate students have published a large number of papers on the results of their work. His graduate students have at one time or another been members of the faculties of Chemistry Departments of practically all Canadian universities. In this way Carl Winkler has had a tremendous effect on Chemistry in Canada.
Mr. Chancellor, I consider it an honour to present to you on behalf of the University Council, and by the authority of the Board of Governors, Dr. Carl Arthur Winkler , that you may confer on him the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.
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