About the Hynes Lecture Series 

CRI H.B.N.Hynes Lecture 2002. From left to right: Dr. K.R. Munkittrick (Associate Director), Dr. H.B.N. Hynes,  Dr. R.A. Cunjak (Past Director), Dr. R.A. Curry (Director)

In 2002, the CRI initiated its annual lecture series by conferring of an Honorary Doctoral Degree to Dr. H.B.N. Hynes.

Dr. H.B. Noel Hynes is the world’s most renowned freshwater biologist and a Distinguished Emeritus Professor at the University of Waterloo. Referred to as "the father of running water ecology", he has published extensively, including his definitive textbook on river ecology, The Ecology of Running Waters.

Dr. Hynes graduated from Imperial College in 1938 and obtained a Ph.D. from the University of London in 1941. He conducted research around the world while holding six visiting professor appointments on three continents. He was awarded the Naumann-Thienemann Medal in 1998, the highest award available to an aquatic biologist by the Societas Internationalis Limnologiciae.

Dr. Hynes was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and held honorary degrees from his alma mater, the University of London, and the University of Waterloo.

It is with great sadness that the CRI reports that Dr. Hynes passed away at Manoir Lac Brome in Knowlton, Quebec on March 3, 2009 at the age of 91. Our sincerest condolences are extended to his family.

The Lecture Series

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