Gershon Hundert: Royal Society of Canada honours nine McGill researchers from Medicine, Law and Arts




Source: McGill Reporter, 9-13-11

Royal Society of CanadaBy Tamarah Feder

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) announced 78 new Fellows this week, including nine McGill researchers and scholars from the faculties of Medicine, Law and Arts. They join the over 100 current McGill-affiliated Fellows.

Established in 1882, the RSC is the senior national body of distinguished Canadian scholars, artists and scientists. The RSC consists of nearly 2,000 Fellows selected by their peers for outstanding contributions to the natural and social sciences, arts and humanities. As Canada’s national academy, the RSC not only recognizes academic excellence, but it also advises governments and organizations, and promotes Canadian culture.

“This new group of outstanding McGill-based researchers follows a long history of McGill’s presence at this prestigious national academy,” said Professor Heather Munroe-Blum, McGill’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “Their contributions to scholarly excellence benefit not only Canadians, but the international community as well.”

This year’s Fellows from McGill reflect a range of research expertise in the areas of Canadian history, sociology, Jewish history, epilepsy treatment, neuropsychology, cancer epidemiology and pediatrics….

Allan Greer (Department of History) is the leading English-language scholar of early Canada and Quebec. His work has led the way in opening up Canadian history to international currents and has brought a ‘Northern’ perspective to the study of colonial America. “I’m gratified to be honoured in this way and I’m grateful for the way McGill has supported my work.”

Gershon Hundert (Department of Jewish Studies) is an internationally recognized leader in the study of Jewish history, particularly in East Central Europe. His groundbreaking scholarship has fundamentally revised historical narrative by its emphasis on the Polish-Lithuanian-Ukrainian context in which Jews lived. “I am heartened particularly by the fact that this honour comes as a result of the initiative of my colleagues at McGill.”