The prize is awarded annually to Canadian scholars and researchers for their work in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering.
Winners receive $100,000 each.
This year’s winners include a molecular pharmacologist, a political scientist and a professor who researched the political theories of Immanuel Kant.
The 2021 winners:
- University of Montreal molecular pharmacologist Michel Bouvier for his research on cell signalling.
- York University political scientist Stephen Gill for his scholarship on international relations and global affairs.
- HEC Montreal’s Gilbert Laporte, a world-renowned expert in operational research and decision science.
- University of Toronto professor Arthur Ripstein for his research on Immanuel Kant’s legal and political theories.
- University of Toronto chemist Douglas Stephan for his paradigm-shifting discovery of “frustrated Lewis pairs,” which have properties that allow them to catalyze chemical reactions in previously unknown ways.
The winners are chosen by a committee of their peers.
The Killam Prize, first awarded in 1981, was established thanks to a donation in the will of Dorothy J. Killam, an American-born Canadian philanthropist who died in 1965.
With files from The Canadian Press