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May 28, 2005 21:00 ET

NRC Receives Prestigious National Historic Chemical Landmark Designation

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - May 28, 2005) - The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) today unveiled a plaque designating NRC-PBI as a National Historic Chemical Landmark. The plaque recognizes the legacy of Dr. Raymond Lemieux. In 1953, Lemieux, a researcher with the NRC Prairie Regional Laboratory (now NRC-PBI), was the world's first to synthesize sucrose, an achievement so complex that it had been dubbed the "Mount Everest of organic chemistry." This breakthrough event formed the scientific basis for many medical developments such as tests for blood typing and vaccines.

"Lemieux's significant achievement inspired many young scientists and even today, serves as an inspiration for a dynamic and world-class Canadian scientific community. He was the winner of the Wolf Prize (in 1999), considered to be usually a precursor to the Nobel Prize," said Pudupadi Sundararajan, Chair of the CIC. "We are proud that such an eminent Canadian scientist was a member of the CIC, and we are honoured to salute his legacy."

The Canadian Chemical Landmarks Program recognizes Canada's scientific and technical heritage by acknowledging historically important achievements in chemical sciences and engineering and encouraging the preservation of Canadian sites connected with these achievements. The Program is administered by The Chemical Institute of Canada and its constituent societies: the Canadian Society for Chemistry, the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering and the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology.

"We are very proud of the scientific achievements of Dr. Raymond Lemieux who has contributed extensively to the advancement of biochemistry during his career at the NRC. His drive and know-how led him and the NRC to world recognition." said Dr. Pierre Coulombe, President of the NRC.

"NRC-PBI is honored to receive this prestigious designation. Lemieux's research is integral to chemistry research today in Canada and led to establishing a solid foundation for several research programs at NRC-PBI," said Dr. Kutty Kartha, Director General of NRC-PBI.

Recognized globally for research and innovation, Canada's National Research Council (NRC) is a leader in the development of an innovative, knowledge-based economy for Canada through science and technology. Established in Saskatoon in 1948 as the Prairie Regional Laboratory, the NRC-PBI conducts research to improve and diversify plants and plant products.

The Chemical Institute of Canada's purpose is to promote common scientific and technical interests, as well as to enhance the image of chemical sciences and engineering with all sectors of the public. The CIC is the Canadian umbrella organization that brings together chemists, chemical engineers and chemical technologists to achieve this goal.

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