Edgar William Richard Steacie

Edgar William Richard Steacie
Born Edgar William Richard Steacie
(1900-12-25)December 25, 1900
Westmount, Quebec
Died August 28, 1962(1962-08-28) (aged 61)
Ottawa, Ontario
Fields Physical chemistry
Alma mater McGill University
Notable awards Henry Marshall Tory Medal (1955)
Fellow of the Royal Society[1]

Edgar William Richard Steacie, OBE FRS FRSC[1](December 25, 1900 August 28, 1962) was a Canadian physical chemist and president of the National Research Council of Canada from 1952 to 1962.[2][3]


Born in Montreal, Quebec, the only child of Richard Steacie and Alice Kate McWood, he studied a year at the Royal Military College of Canada. In 1923, he received his Bachelor of Science degree and his Ph.D. in 1926 from McGill University.


From 1926 to 1939, Steacie taught at McGill University. In 1939, he joined the National Research Council as director of the division of chemistry. In 1950, he became vice-president (scientific) and, in 1952, president.

Awards and honours

From 1954 to 1955, he was the president of the Royal Society of Canada. In 1961, he was elected president of the International Council of Scientific Unions. He was president of the Faraday Society. He was a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences. He was an honorary Fellow of the Chemical Society.

In 1948, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society.[1] He was also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was awarded the Henry Marshall Tory Medal in 1955. He is a member of the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame.[4]

The Steacie Science and Engineering Library at York University and the Steacie Building for Chemistry at Carleton University are named in his honour.


Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
Jean Bruchési
President of the Royal Society of Canada
Succeeded by
George Sherwood Hume
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