Volume 29 - Number 17 - Thursday, May 29, 1997

Emeritus professors


Alvan R. Feinstein
Epidemiologist; clinical investigator; Sterling Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Yale University

Dr. Alvan Feinstein studied both mathematics and medicine at the University of Chicago, and following residency training and a research fellowship at Rockefeller Institute, he became medical director at Irvington House just outside of New York City. There he studied a large population of patients with rheumatic fever, developing clinical investigative techniques that were eventually expanded into many other areas, particularly the prognosis and therapy of cancer. He has established clinical indexes and rating scales for phenomena such as pain, distress and disability, which he feels have not received adequate attention in an age of technological data. Feinstein has also been a mentor to many McGill faculty in the Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology & Biostatistics.


Catherine Bertini
Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme

Both in the private sector and a variety of government agencies, Catherine Bertini has advocated on behalf of the rights of others. She supervised the nationwide philanthropic and public affairs activities of the Container Corp. of America for 10 years. With the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, she was Director of the Office of Family Assistance and then Assistant Secretary of the Family Support Administration. Before being named the first woman director of the World Food Programme, the largest food aid organization in the world, she was Assistant Secretary of Food and Consumer Services with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Among other distinctions, Bertini has been cited for Excellence in Public Service by the American Academy of Pediatrics and received the Leadership in Human Services Award from the American Public Welfare Association for epitomizing "the very best in public service."


Kenneth Thompson
Electrical engineer, researcher and computer developer; Technical staff, AT&T Bell Laboratories

Kenneth L. Thompson conceived the UNIX operating system and, with colleague Dennis M. Ritchie, developed it into a family of operating systems that have become a worldwide standard. He has also done research in programming languages and computer games. He developed the computer language B, predecessor to the popular language C. Currently he is working in the field of digital audio compression.

His honours include the Turing Award from the Association for Computer Machinery, the Fredkin Prize for the first chess-playing machine to achieve master status, election to the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Science, and being named a Bell Laboratories Fellow.


Maxine Greene
Teacher educator; writer; lecturer; Emeritus Professor in the Foundations of Education, Columbia University

Maxine Greene has long been one of North America's most thoughtful voices on the subjects of teaching and education. Greene has been a faculty member at Columbia University's Teachers College since 1965. In 1994, Greene was the principal founder of the Teachers College Center for the Arts, Social Imagination and Education, which she continues to direct. She sees arts education as central to any school curriculum "because encounters with the arts have a unique power to release imagination."

The author of several influential books about education, Greene has served as president of the Philosophy in Education Society, the American Education Studies Association and the American Educational Research Association.


Jack Halpern
Chemist; Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago

The central goal of Dr. Jack Halpern's wide-ranging research has been the understanding of reactions and catalysts--how they work and why. His discoveries sparked a worldwide revolution in chemical processing and materials production during the 1970s. More recently, Halpern has turned his attention to understanding how the human body uses Vitamin B-12 and its chemical relatives called co-enzymes.

After earning a BSc and a PhD in chemistry at McGill, Halpern worked at the University of British Columbia, then moved to the University of Chicago. The author of more than 250 research papers, Halpern is vice-president of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA and a Fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Society of London.


Syed Babar Ali
Industrialist; President, World Wide Fund for Nature

Syed Babar Ali of Pakistan succeeded HRH Prince Philip as President of the World Wide Fund for Nature International, the governing body of the world's largest independent conservation organization. He plays a key role in developing WWF International's Conservation Leadership Fund, which raises money for WWF's conservation priorities.

A director of a number of corporations in Pakistan, Babar Ali is also the founder of the Lahore University of Management Sciences, which has been declared a centre of excellence and is recognized as one of the finer business schools in Asia. The school collaborates with McGill's Faculty of Management in a CIDA-funded Linkage Project. Babar Ali has served his country in various capacities, notably as the Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs and Planning in 1993.


John Ralston Saul
Philosopher; social critic; writer

John Ralston Saul is the author of five novels and several works of non-fiction, including Voltaire's Bastards, in which he takes on Western society's surrender of citizen democracy to a utilitarian and rationalist corporatism. After graduating from McGill with an Honours BA in Political Science, History and Economics, Saul went on to King's College in London where he earned a PhD.

He has held a number of posts in industry, both public and private, and in cultural and arts organizations. He is now "a pure capitalist," that is, "in corporatist terms unemployed," as he makes his living as a writer in Toronto. His next book, Reflections of a Siamese Twin, is due out this fall.

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