Mary Anne White Materials Science

Developed new classes of heat absorbing chemicals

The Story

White developed new classes of chemicals which absorb waste heat from industrial processes, and which can also be used to store solar thermal energy. She and her colleagues are now testing energy efficient materials that have been designed with specific heat storage properties with solar thermal panels in the Halifax area. A recognized researcher and teacher, White is also a tireless promoter of science, appearing on national radio and television. Her textbook, Physical properties of Materials, was released in 1999.

Sources: Focus vol. 2, # 2; Canadian Who’s Who 1993; Canadian Women: Risktakers and Changemakers 1994;  Image: Miloš Tošic

The Person

December 28, 1953
London, Ontario
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Family Members
  • Husband: Robert L. White, BSc, PhD
  • Son: David
  • Daughter: Alice
Harry Shirreff Professor of Chemical Research (Emerita)
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • BSc, University of Western Ontario, 1975
  • PhD, McMaster University, 1980
  • Noranda Award (Canadian Society for Chemistry), 1996
  • Sunner Memorial Award for research in thermodynamics, 1994
  • Fellow, Chemical Institute of Canada
  • Faculty of Science Award for Excellence in Teaching (Dalhousie University)
  • McMaster Alumni Hall of Fame inductee, 2001
  • Fellow, IUPAC, 2002
  • The Union Carbide Award of the Chemical Institute of Canada for Chemical Education, 2002
  • Inducted in Discovery Centre Hall of Fame, 2003
  • APICS/Canpolar Science Communication Award, 2004
  • McNeil Medal of the Royal Society of Canada, 2007
  • American Chemical Society Award for Incorporation of Sustainability into Chemical Education, 2012
  • Elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 2013
  • Appointed as Officer, Order of Canada, 2016
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March 8, 2018

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