Killam Prize Winners 2015 Announced: Vijay K. Bhargava of Indian Origin Is One of the Winners
Ottawa, ON: Finally, after a rather long wait the list of the 2015 Killam Program has been released. The names of the fortunate few who appear on this list was released earlier today by the Canada Council for the Arts.
The Killam Prizes without doubt is going to help many people in their research projects. This is also going to bring many people to limelight who are into research and the massive amount of prize will be a sort of godsend for them.
Killam Prizes are coveted prizes in academia. The Canada Council Killam Prizes were inaugurated in 1981 with a donation by Mrs. Dorothy J. Killam in memory of her husband, Izaak Walton Killam. The Prizes were created to honour eminent Canadian scholars and scientists actively engaged in research, whether in industry, government agencies or universities. The Killam Program at the Canada Council also includes the Killam Research Fellowships, which support scholars engaged in research projects of outstanding merit in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering and interdisciplinary studies within these fields.
Reports suggest that as many as five Canadian researchers will receive $100,000 each in recognition of their exceptional career achievements in humanities, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, health sciences, and interdisciplinary studies within these fields. Another $840,000 will be awarded over two years in Killam Research Fellowships, granting six scholars full teaching and administrative release so they may pursue independent research.
Engineering â€“ Vijay K. Bhargava, University of British Columbia, has had a profound impact in the field of wireless communications with his work.
Health Sciences â€“ Lorne Tyrrell, University of Alberta, participated in the discovery of several potent antivirals against Hepatitis B.
Natural Sciences â€“ Victoria Kaspi, McGill University, has made major discoveries throughout her career in the study of rapidly spinning compact neutron stars called pulsars.
Humanities â€“ David Bentley, Western University, is a nationally acclaimed teacher and leading scholar of Canadian poetry.
Social Sciences â€“ Donald Savoie, UniversitÃ© de Moncton, is a leading Canadian expert on public policy, public administration and federalism.