“You have to be a scientific entrepreneur.”
Dr. Louis Siminovitch studied chemistry at McGill University, earning his PhD in 1944. Research fellowships at the National Research Council Research Council in Ottawa (1944-47) and at the Institut Pasteur in Paris (1947-53) followed.
During the early 1950s Dr. Siminovitch was a National Cancer Institute of Canada Fellow at the Connaught Medical Research Laboratories in the University of Toronto, after which he joined the staff of the University's Department of Medical Biophysics. From this foundation, Dr. Siminovitch assumed a key leadership position as one of Canada's most renowned medical scientists and scientific builders.
Dr. Siminovitch has received a long list of scientific and other awards including many honorary degrees, the Flavelle Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Canada (1978) and the Gairdner Foundation Wightman Award (1981). He also has been made both an Officer and Companion of the Order of Canada (1980; 1989). Dr. Siminovitch has published 195 papers and has also been instrumental in establishing and editing many professional medical journals. He also sits on a large number of public and private medical research advisory boards in Canada. Dr. "Lou" Siminovitch is clearly a master builder of Canada's health care system and a visionary in the advance of scientific medicine.