Mary Anne White
Mary Anne White presently holds the distinguished title of University Research Professor at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where she has been since 1983, after receiving a PhD in Chemistry from McMaster University and a postdoctoral fellowship at Oxford University. From 2002 to 2006, she was the founding director of the Institute for Research in Materials at Dalhousie University, and since 2010 she has been director of the multidisciplinary graduate program, Dalhousie Research in Energy, Advanced Materials and Sustainability (DREAMS). In 2008 she received a Doctor of Science (honoris causa) from McMaster University.
Mary Anne's research area is energetics and thermal properties of materials. She has made significant contributions to understanding how heat is stored and conducted through materials. Her work has led to new materials that can convert waste heat to energy, and materials that can trap solar energy. She is an author of more than 130 research papers and several book chapters. She has trained more than 30 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and more than 50 undergraduate research students.
Mary Anne enjoys sharing her knowledge with students and with the general public. She is especially well known for presenting clear explanations of difficult concepts. Mary Anne has given more than 150 invited presentations at conferences, universities, government laboratories, and industries around the world. Since 2002, she has been a monthly contributor on CBC Radio's "Maritime Noon," where she and a colleague field listeners' science questions, live on air to an audience of about 20,000.
Mary Anne's outstanding abilities as an educator have been recognized by the Union Carbide Award for Chemical Education from the Chemical Institute of Canada. For her contributions to public awareness of science, Mary Anne was awarded the 2007 McNeil Medal of the Royal Society of Canada.