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4th Robert Iwata Memorial Lecture - Dr. John Hepburn

posted on 9:23 AM, October 1, 2011
Dr. Hepburn - the Robert Iwata Memorial Lecture
On September 29, 2011, the Canada-Japan Society of British Columbia was pleased to bring Dr. John Hepburn, Vice President Research & International at the University of British Columbia as the featured speaker at the fourth Robert Iwata Memorial Lecture.  Dr Hepburn is a man who in the words of UBC President Stephen Toope is recognized as " of the most influential Vice Presidents for Research in Canada." Internationally renowned for his research in laser spectroscopy and laser chemistry and highly regarded as a keen proponent of interdisciplinary research, Dr Hepburn is UBC's lead in an area of central importance to the university, the development of the academic and corporate relationships it has with its many international partners.

Dr. Hepburn's topic was "Building Bridges between UBC and Japan", and it was an opportunity for Society members and guests to find common ground they never knew they had with one of Canada's most distinguished academics.

Thank you Dr. Hepburn!


Dr. Hepburn is one of Canada's most distinguished science educators. A native of Hamilton, Ontario, he received his PHD at the University of Toronto in 1980, under the supervision of Nobel Laureate Dr. John Polanyi. Following a period as a NATO Fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Hepburn taught Chemistry and Physics at the University of Waterloo from 1982-2001, chairing the Chemistry Department for two years. In 2001, he became Head of Chemistry at UBC before being appointed Dean of Science in 2003, and Vice President, Research in 2005. The international portfolio was added to John's list of responsibilities in August 2009.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Physical Society, and the Canadian Institute for Chemistry. He is currently conducting research in atmospheric chemistry, surface science, laser spectroscopy, and quantum control of atoms and molecules.

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