March 26, 1936 |
|Notable awards||Order of Canada
National Order of Quebec
Born in Shawinigan, Quebec, he is the brother of Jean Chrétien, the Prime Minister of Canada from 1993 to 2003. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Séminaire de Joliette in 1955, a M.D. from the Université de Montréal in 1960, and a Master of Science from McGill University in 1962. He did post-graduate studies from 1962 to 1964 at Harvard University and from 1964 to 1967 at the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Francisco.
Career and Research
In 1967, he opened a laboratory on polypeptide hormones at the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal (CRIM) where would remain until 1999. His research proposed that peptide hormones are produced from large precursor proteins. He was an Associate Member, Experimental Medicine at McGill University from 1969 to 1999. He was a Professor of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at the Université de Montréal from 1975 to 1999. He was Chief of Endocrinology at Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal. In 1998, he was appointed a Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. In 2006, he was appointed Senior Scientist, Hormone, Growth and Development, Ottawa Health Research Institute.
In 1986, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition for being "at the forefront of Canadian scientific research and an international leader in the field of neuroendocrinology". In 1994, he was made an Officer of the National Order of Quebec. In 2004, he was made a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur and was promoted to Officer in 2011. In 1981, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 1996, he was made a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received honorary degrees from University of Liège (1980), Paris Descartes University (1992), Laurentian University (1996), University of Guelph (1999), and Memorial University of Newfoundland (2000). In 2009, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society