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Composite photo of the three winners
From left: Audrey Walton, Mamatha Bhat and Maria Drout (photos by Nick Iwanyshyn)

Three U of T researchers awarded John Charles Polanyi Prize

February 4, 2020

Three University of Toronto researchers, all rising stars in their respective fields, have been awarded the prestigious John Charles Polanyi Prize. 

The U of T winners are Mamatha Bhat of the Faculty of Medicine and the University Health Network, Maria Drout of the David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Audrey Walton of the department of English – both in the Faculty of Arts & Science.

“To receive this prize is an enormous achievement,” said Vivek Goel, U of T's vice-president, research and innovation, and strategic initiatives. “The Polanyi prize is an important honour and a clear sign that an early-career researcher's work is having an impact.”

Named after John Polanyi, a U of T University Professor of chemistry and joint winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the $20,000 annual awards are funded by the Ontario government and awarded by the Council of Ontario Universities to five outstanding researchers in the early stages of their career who are pursuing post-doctoral studies or who have recently been appointed faculty at an Ontario university. The prizes are distributed among five fields: chemistry, physics, economic science, physiology/medicine and literature.

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