Irene Ayako Uchida

Genetics

World-famous Down syndrome researcher

"Do your best no matter what you do even if it's a menial job."

Birthdate
April 8, 1917

Birthplace
Vancouver, British Columbia

Date of Death
July 30, 2013

Place of Death
Toronto, Ontario

Residence
Burlington, Ontario

Family Members
  • Father: Sentaro
  • Mother: Shizuko

Personality
Hard worker, feisty, jovial, gracious

Favorite Music
Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

Other Interests
Violin, piano, art, photography

Title
Professor Emeritus, Departments of Pediatrics and Pathology, McMaster University. Director of Cytogenetics, Oshawa General Hospital

Office
Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

Status
Deceased

Degrees
  • BA, University of Toronto, Ontario, 1946
  • PhD, University of Toronto, Ontario, 1951

Awards
  • Ramsay Wright Scholar, University of Toronto, 1947
  • Woman of the Century, National Council of Jewish Women, 1967
  • Manitoba Annual Queen Elizabeth II Lectures, Canadian Pediatric Society, first invited speaker, Children’s Hospital, Winnipeg, 1967
  • Named one of 25 Outstanding Women, International Women’s Year, Ontario, 1975
  • Canadian Women of Note 1867-1967, Media club of Canada and Women’s Press Club of Toronto, 1983
  • Officer of the Order of Canada, 1993

Mentor

Curt Stern, geneticist, and Bruce Chown, blood group specialist


Last Updated
August 10, 2013

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