“He didn’t accept barriers to knowledge.”
Mustard received his MD from The University of Toronto and his doctorate from Cambridge University. Upon returning to Canada from graduate studies, Mustard became a Research Fellow in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He and the team he led carried out groundbreaking research on the role of platelets in the coagulation of blood, and the means by which this process could be controlled.
With the new Faculty of Medicine at McMaster University running smoothly, he embarked on his third career in 1982; the establishment of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). This Institute is a research network which studies complex problems in the sciences and social sciences and involves researchers working in many countries. Dr. Mustard has been the recipient of fifteen Honorary Degrees and in 1986 was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. He became a Companion of the Order in 1994.