Dr. Claude Fortier
© Irma Coucill and the CMHF
© Irma Coucill and the CMHF

Born: June 11, 1921, Montreal, Quebec
Died: April 22, 1986
Education: M.D. - University of Montreal, 1948
Category: Physiologist

Born in Montreal, Claude Fortier received his medical degree from the University of Montreal in 1948. Dr. Fortier had a passionate commitment to the common good of medicine in Canada. He offered his services to numerous medical organizations in Canada and was a strong advocate of clinical research. Fortier took the lead as one of the early scientists to introduce computers as a tool for medical research.

His own personal research was done in the medical field of neuroendocrinology, where he was considered a world expert in the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal cortex axis. Before his death in 1986, Fortier's distinguished career was acknowledged with such prestigious awards as the Companion of the Order of Canada, the McLaughlin Medal from the Royal Society of Canada, the Marie-Victorin Science Award from the government of Quebec and the Wightman Award from the Gairdner Foundation.