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Professor emerita, Department of chemistry, Dalhousie University

Mary Anne White is Harry Shirreff Professor of Chemical Research (Emerita) at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is a specialist in the research area of energetics and thermal properties of materials, and materials sustainability. Mary Anne is an author of more than 200 research papers and also a textbook, “Physical Properties of Materials,” now in its third edition. In 2002 she became the founding director of the Institute for Research in Materials at Dalhousie University, and from 2010-2016 she was director of DREAMS, Dalhousie Research in Energy, Advanced Materials and Sustainability, an NSERC CREATE program. Mary Anne has been active throughout her career in bringing science to the general public: helping establish the hands-on Discovery Centre in Halifax; many presentations for schools, the general public and others (including a lecture for Members of Canada’s Parliament and Senate in the Bacon & Egghead series); booklets on science activities for children (published by the Canadian Society for Chemistry); national organizer of National Chemistry Week; more than 150 articles for educators or the general public; appearances on television; 14 years as a regular contributor on CBC Radio’s “Maritime Noon” fielding listeners’ science questions live on air. Mary Anne holds a BSc from University of Western Ontario, and a PhD from McMaster University.


  • 2017–present
    Professor emerita, Dalhousie University
  • 1992–2016
    Professor, Dalhousie University
  • 1987–1992
    Associate Professor, Dalhousie University
  • 1983–1987
    Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University


McNeil Medal of the Royal Society of Canada for public awareness of science; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; Officer of the Order of Canada; recipient of three honorary degrees