For immediate release
October 22, 2013
Three new members inducted to the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame
OTTAWA, October 22, 2013 – For their pioneering work in the fields of information technology, radiation therapy, and cancer research, three new members have been inducted to the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame as part of the National Science and Technology Week activities.
Arthur Porter (1910-2010), Sylvia Fedoruk (1927-2012), and M. Vera Peters (1911-1993) thus join illustrious predecessors such as Alexander Graham Bell, Brother Marie-Victorin, and Dr Frederick Banting, among other famous Canadian scientists, within the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame to bring the total number of Hall of Fame members to 57. The Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame is located at the Canada Science and Technology Museum. For more information, visit www.sciencetech.technomuses.ca.
Arthur Porter was a pioneer in the field of computers. At the beginning of his career in the early 1930s, Arthur Porter built one of the world’s first analog computers… using a Meccano set. His efforts within Canadian universities, fostering partnerships between engineering and medical departments, also led to the emergence of biomedical research programs in Canada.
Sylvia Fedoruk was part of the team that developed the Cobalt-60 cancer therapy unit, helping
to save millions of lives. The Cobalt-60 unit became an international standard for cancer treatment. She also conceived one of the first nuclear scanners in the world, which helped detect liver and thyroid cancer. Dr. Fedoruk served as Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, and is a member of the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame
M. Vera Peters was studying medicine at the University of Toronto when her mother was diagnosed with cancer. During an internship with one of the physicians who had treated her mother, he suggested she should study Hodgkin’s disease more closely. Her research showed it was possible to cure this disease, which was then considered an incurable form of cancer. Her later breast cancer research demonstrated that lumpectomy with radiation therapy is just as effective as mastectomy. This less-invasive method of breast cancer treatment has become the norm.