In a ceremony held on November 24 at the University of Winnipeg, the Sea Around Us Principal Investigator, Daniel Pauly, was awarded the 2017 Sir John William Dawson Medal by the Royal Society of Canada.
This award is conferred biennially to a scholar who makes important and sustained contributions to interdisciplinary research. As a leader in fisheries science and biodiversity research, Pauly’s contributions have created an extensive knowledge infrastructure that is used by fishery scientists and experts working on aquatic biodiversity across the world.
The Sir John William Dawson Medal was established in 1985 to honour the man who was the RSC’s first President (1882-1883) and who was the foremost Canadian scientist and educator of his day: geologist, naturalist, teacher, author, man of religion, educational administrator and promoter of learning.
The Royal Society of Canada, on the other hand, is the country’s oldest and most prestigious scholarly society, whose primary objective is to promote learning and research in the arts and sciences.