Professor Peter Legzdins, who received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Carleton University in 1964, is to be honoured next week at the annual conference of the Chemical Institute of Canada being held in Vancouver where they are holding a four-session Symposium in his name.
After finishing his Chemistry program at Carleton under the direction of Professor Don Wiles, Legzdins went to MIT where he received his PhD. This was followed by a brief post-doctoral period working with Nobel Prize winner Geoffrey Wilkinson. Dr. Legzdins then joined the faculty of UBC, where he rapidly rose through the ranks and spent many years as head of the Chemistry department.
Although now retired, Professor Legzdins continues to supervise graduate students. He is recognized as a world authority on the chemistry of metal nitrosyl compounds.