About the author
Dr. Mary Anne White is Harry Shirreff Professor of Chemical Research (Emerita) at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her research interests focus on thermal properties of materials, and the relationship between structure and properties. Professor White has made significant research contributions in areas including phase change materials for energy storage, thermochromic mixtures for thermally erasable inks, materials that exhibit negative thermal expansion, and materials with exceptionally low thermal conductivity. She is author or co-author of more than 200 refereed research publications, and author of the textbook “Physical Properties of Materials” (CRC Press).
For her contributions to public awareness of science, Professor White was awarded the 2007 McNeil Medal of the Royal Society of Canada. She holds honorary doctorates from McMaster University, the University of Western Ontario and University of Ottawa, the Noranda Award of the Canadian Society for Chemistry (for contributions to physical chemistry); the Sunner Award of the Calorimetry Conference, and the Union Carbide Award for Chemical Education from the Chemical Institute of Canada. In 2012, she received an American Chemical Society Award for Incorporation of Sustainability into Chemical Education. In 2013, she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2016 she was installed as an Officer of the Order of Canada.
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