Jack Passmore   2007 Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Over his 36 years at UNB Jack has made valuable contributions to the University in terms of teaching, administration and most notably research. Since joining the Department of Chemistry at UNB in 1969, Jack developed a unique and innovative research program in a difficult area, which has led to national and international acclaim.  He is the author of 188 publications in high profile international journal and he has presented 97 lectures, many of these plenary, at conferences and institutions around the world. In addition, Jack has supervised some two dozen graduate students and postdoctoral workers over his career, many of whom have gone on to academic or senior industrial positions. He currently holds one of the largest NSERC discovery grant at UNB.

Jack's research has constantly pushed the boundaries of our understanding of inorganic chemistry. His mission has always been to make compounds that appear simple when written as a formula, but which for some reason are ‘non-existent’, or "fly in the face" of conventional wisdom.  As a result of this career-long mission Jack  has recently been recognized in a variety of international journals and magazines, these include Chemical and Engineering News, the newsletter of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Canadian Chemical News, and Inorganic Chemistry, the ACS journal covering all aspects of the discipline.  A testament to his research contributions is that much of his research work is now included in almost every undergraduate inorganic textbook.

 
Over the course of his 36 years at UNB, Jack has been an invaluable ambassador for the Department and the University. His high profile and creative research, pursued and reported with his usual flair, enthusiasm and genuine love of the subject, has kept UNB high in the esteem of scientists around the world.  It is with the same flair and enthusiasm that Jack delivers his lectures to undergraduate and graduate students. It is not uncommon to see many of Jack's students leave his lectures all "a buzz" because of something exciting or wonderful in the field of inorganic chemistry that he had communicated to them.  Jack has always had the knack of making any student feel as if they could make that next significant contribution to the field.

 

Dr. Sean McGrady

Dr. David Magee

Read by Dr. Sean McGrady

April 10, 2007