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Arthur Ripstein and Douglas Stephan awarded Killam Prizes

February 3, 2021

University Professor of law and philosophy Arthur Ripstein and University Professor of chemistry Douglas Stephan have each been awarded the prestigious Killam Prize by the Canada Council for the Arts.

The prize recognizes select researchers who have achieved international scholarly eminence in their fields. Ripstein was recognized for his contributions to humanities and Stephan for his contributions to natural sciences.

A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and author of several influential books, Ripstein joined the University of Toronto’s department of philosophy in the Faculty of Arts & Science 1987 and was jointly appointed to the Faculty of Law in 1999. He delivered the 2019 Tanner Lectures at UC Berkeley, one of the most prestigious lecture series in philosophy.

Stephan is the recipient of the 2019 John C. Polanyi Award, the 2019 E.W.R. Steacie Award, a 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship, and a 2009 Killam Research Fellowship. He joined the department of chemistry in the Faculty of Arts & Science in 2008 as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair after 25 years as a faculty member at the University of Windsor.

“The Killam Prize is an important recognition for these extraordinary University Professors whose research continues to make a profound impact on their fields, said University Professor Ted Sargent, vice-president, research and innovation and strategic initiatives. “One of the world’s leading legal and political philosophers, Arthur Ripstein is renowned for his scholarship in the history of philosophy, theories of justice, tort law and the law of war. Douglas Stephan’s game-changing discovery of a new class of catalysts led to the production of more sustainable plastics – and he continues to explore how chemistry can address such challenges as greenhouse gas remediation and energy efficient catalysis.

“The University of Toronto congratulates University Professors Stephan and Ripstein and thanks the Canada Council and the Killam Trusts for their support of our outstanding scholars.” 

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