Howard Alper

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Howard Alper
Born (1941-10-17) October 17, 1941 (age 75)
Montreal, Quebec
Fields Chemistry
Institutions State University of New York
University of Ottawa
Alma mater Sir George Williams University
McGill University
Notable awards Order of Canada

Howard Alper, OC FRSC (born October 17, 1941) is a Canadian chemist. He is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Ottawa. He is best known for his research of catalysis in chemistry.

Born in Montreal, Quebec, he received a Bachelor of Science from Sir George Williams University in 1963 and a Ph.D. from McGill University in 1967. In 1968, he started teaching at the State University of New York and became an Associate Professor in 1971. He joined the University of Ottawa in 1975 as an Associate Professor and was appointed a Professor in 1978, later being made a Distinguished University Professor in 2006.

He was the Vice-President (Research) of the University of Ottawa from 1997–2006. From 2001 to 2003, he was the President of the Royal Society of Canada.

Dr. Alper is currently serving as the Chair of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council, and as one of the two co-chairs of the InterAcademy Panel on International Issues.


He was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1984. In 1998, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2000, he was awarded the first Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, Canada's highest research honour in the field. In 2014, he was made a Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.[1]


  1. ^ "Awards to Canadians". Canada Gazette. 

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Preceded by
William Leiss
President of the Royal Society of Canada
Succeeded by
Gilles Paquet