Fernand Seguin Biochemistry

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Seguin conducted biochemical research in Chicago, Paris and Montreal, and in 1950 founded the biochemical research Department at Saint-Jean-de-Dieu hospital, where he specialized in schizophrenia research. He won the Prix Casgrain-Charbonneau for his MA thesis that concerned a method to determine aminopyrine in the blood. In 1954 he abandoned his research career and began a long series of radio and TV programs that sparked scientific curiosity in Quebec and inspired scientific careers. In 1977 he became the first Canadian to receive UNESCO’s highest award for scientific popularization, the Kalinga Prize.

Sources: The Canadian Encyclopedia 1988

The Person

June 9, 1922
Montréal, Québec
Date of Death
June 19, 1988
Place of Death
Montréal, Québec
Biochemist; Professor, Université de Montréal, 1945-50
Last Updated
October 15, 2001

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