Mary Anne White Materials Science

Developed a new class of heat absorbing chemicals

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The Story

White developed a new class of chemicals which absorb waste heat from industrial processes, and which can also be used to insulate homes. She and her colleagues are now testing energy efficient materials that have been designed with heat storage properties in a solar home 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, Properties of Materials, was released in 1999.

Sources: Focus vol. 2, # 2; Canadian Who’s Who 1993; Canadian Women: Risktakers and Changemakers 1994; Inventive Women; Image: McMaster Chemical Extracts, Sept 2001

The Person

December 28, 1953
London, Ontario
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Family Members
  • Husband: Robert L. White, BSc, PhD
  • Son: David (b. 1982)
  • Daughter: Alice (b. 1985)
Killam Research Professor in Material Science and Professor, Chemistry and Physics
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
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March 9, 2011

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