Biography: Mary Anne White

        Mary Anne White received her BSc in Honors Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario (London, Canada) and her PhD in Chemistry from McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada).  She held an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship at Oxford University, and then was an NSERC University Research Fellow (Assistant Professor) at University of Waterloo.  In 1983 she moved to Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where she was Professor of Chemistry and Physics until 2016. From 2002 to 2008, she was Director of the Institute for Research in Materials. She is now Harry Shirreff Professor of Chemical Research (Emerita). 

Her research interests centre on thermal properties of materials, especially where dynamical disorder is involved.  This includes thermal stability, phase transitions, thermal conductivity and thermal expansion, ranging from fundamental approaches to applications as diverse as thermal energy storage materials, thermoelectrics, and thermochromic materials.

She is an author of more than 200 papers and also a textbook, "Physical Properties of Materials" (CRC Press, now in its 3rd edition). She has led research projects totaling more than $17 million. Mary Anne has been involved with many national and international scientific groups, including NSERC, the Canadian Society for Chemistry, Canada Foundation for Innovation, IUPAC and the International Council on Materials Education. One of Mary Anne's main "outside" interests is in bringing science to the general public.

Academic Genealogy

Honours/ Awards

2023    Membership in Sigma Xi (world's largest interdisciplinary scientific honour society)  

2022    Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal "for Services to Education and Science"

2020    Canadian Society for Chemistry's Canadian Light Source T. K. Sham Award for Materials Chemistry

2019    James A. Morrison Lecturer, Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research, McMaster University

2018    D.K.C. MacDonald Memorial Lecture Award, Canadian Materials Science Conference

2017    Doctor of the University (honoris causa), University of Ottawa

2016    Honorary Member of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science

2016    Appointed as an Officer in the Order of Canada

2015    Selected as the Harry Shirreff Professor of Chemical Research, Dalhousie University

2013    Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

2012    ACS-CEI Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry

2011    J.R. Dacey Memorial Lecturer, Royal Military College of Canada

2011    Doctor of Science (honoris causa), University of Western Ontario

2010    Distinguished Research Professor (2010-2015)

2010    Dalhousie University Undergraduate Chemistry Society Teaching Award

2009    Dalhousie Innovation Award co-recipient for Concepts in Chemistry

2008    Doctor of Science (honoris causa), McMaster University

2007    McNeil Medal of the Royal Society of Canada for Public Awareness of Science

2005    Distinguished Research Professor (2005-2010)

2004    Atlantic Provinces Council on Sciences / Canpolar Science Communication Award

2003    Inducted in Nova Scotia Science Hall of Fame, Halifax, Canada

2002    The Union  Carbide Chemical Education Award of the Chemical Institute of Canada

2002    Elected Fellow of IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry)

2001    Inducted in McMaster University Alumni Gallery

1996-2004    Killam Research Professor in Materials Science

1996    Noranda Award of the Canadian Society for Chemistry

1995    Elected Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada

1994    Sunner Memorial Award, Calorimetry Conference

1993    Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence (Dalhousie University)

1993    Faculty of Science Award for Excellence in Teaching (Dalhousie University)

1989    Canadian National Committee IUPAC Award

1981-91    Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) University Research Fellowship

1979-81    NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship

1975-79    NSERC 1967 Science and Engineering Scholarship

1975    The Alumni Gold Medal in Chemistry, University of Western Ontario

1975    The Chemical Society Industrial Merit Award

1974    Chemical Institute of Canada (Undergraduate) Silver Medal