Professor Emeritus in Chemistry
Convocation: October 22, 2000
In a distinguished career highlighted by several prestigious awards, not to mention an honorary degree from his alma mater, the University of Hull, the designation of professor emeritus might not seem so significant. But it is the University of New Brunswick's highest honour for one of its own faculty and Frank Bottomley is a most deserving recipient.
He joined the department of chemistry in 1969 following completion of a PhD at the University of Toronto. Over the ensuing 30 years, he discovered the first member of a class of new compounds called organometallic oxides; published 101 papers; supervised 44 honours and graduate students; presented 41 invited lectures in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia; held several prestigious fellowships for overseas study; and - despite a known aversion to meetings - served on a number of key committees for the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council.
If this were not enough, he also received the Alcan Award from the Canadian Society of Chemistry; was named a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada; was recognized as one of the world's most often cited scientific writers; and was responsible for obtaining one of the largest grants - nearly half-a-million dollars - that UNB has ever received from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.