This professorship, assigned to a senior member of the Department for distinguished service, is named in honour of T. Thorvaldson, Ph.D., F.R.S.C. (1883-1965), a member of the Department 1914-1948 and Head of the Department 1919-1948.
In 1914, Dr. Thorbergur Thorvaldson joined the University of Saskatchewan and established a tradition of excellence that the Department of Chemistry has continued to build upon over the past century. Thorvaldson (B.A., Ph.D. and F.R.S.C.) was a pioneer in materials chemistry research, and his renowned research in sulphate-resistant cement saved many structures from decay and deterioration.
The Thorvaldson Professorship is an endowed chair established in 1977 to honour Dr. Thorvaldson and continue recognition of his important research accomplishments. The appointment recognizes outstanding research and teaching accomplishments of a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, who is selected for the Professorship by their colleagues in the department.
Current Thorvaldson Professor:
Matthew Paige, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
Faculty Member: 2002-Current
Thorvaldson Professor: 2018-2023