E.W.R. Steacie (1900-1962) is best known for his contributions to the world of chemistry. In the early stages of his career, Steacie studied and taught Chemistry at McGill University. Dr. Steacie then moved to Ottawa where he began a distinguished career with the National Research Council. He became President of the NRC in 1952 and remained in this position until his death in 1962.
His work on atoms and other areas of gas phase kinetics were unprecedented at the time. His studies included work with the Atomic and Free Radical Reactions and various other chemical experiments. At the time of his death, Steacie was recognised as a leader in the world of science.
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