RGE Murray Lectureship
Microbiology in Canada received national attention recently when Professor Emeritus R.G.E. Murray, University of Western Ontario, was appointed as an officer of the Order of Canada. He was honoured for his lifetime contributions to the development of microbiology in Canada.
The Canadian Society of Microbiologists owes a special debt of gratitude to Dr. Murray. He was chairman of the Founding Committee for the Society, 1950-1951 and Founding President, 1951-1952. The Society, he said, was "a much-needed catalyst and unifier for the diverse applied and basic microbiologists of the country". He has remained an active member of the Society throughout his scientific career and was elected an honorary member in 1985.
Societies and their journals, particularly the Canadian and American Societies, continued to be important to Dr. Murray over the years. He persuaded the National Research Council of Canada that a microbiology journal was a justifiable publication and was appointed the founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Microbiology, 1954-1960. Prior to this appointment, he was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Bacteriology, 1951-1954, and again from 1980-1986. He found his editorship of Bacteriological (later Microbiological, then Microbiology and Molecular Biology) Reviews, 1969-1979, to be a challenge, during which he honed his editorial skills. This involvement with the review journal increased his interest in the affairs of the American Society for Microbiology. He was elected President, 1972-1973, and an honorary member in 1988. He was also elected an honorary member of the Society for Applied Bacteriology in 1988.
One of Dr. Murray's passions in life has been taxonomy. He inherited this interest honestly from his father, E.G.D. Murray, who was a trustee of Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology, 1936-1964. After his father's death in 1964, he was asked to join the Bergey's Manual Board of Trustees, and thus began another long association of a Murray with Bergey's Manual. He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1976-1990. He has been a member of the International Committee for Systematic Bacteriology (International Association of Microbiological Societies) since 1962, and chairman from 1982-1990. He was elected an honorary member of ICSB in 1990. He was associate editor of the International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology, 1982-1990 and editor from 1991-1994.
Dr. Murray's research in bacterial cytology, structure and function, and systematics and taxonomy has brought numerous honours and awards: the Harrison Prize, Royal Society of Canada (shared with C.F. Robinow), 1957; Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada, 1958; the Canadian Society of Microbiologists Award, 1963; election to the American Academy of Microbiology, 1973; the Flavelle Medal, Royal Society of Canada, 1984; and the J. Roger Porter Award, American Society for Microbiology (U.S. Federation of Culture Collections), 1987. He also holds honorary degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Guelph.
Dr. Murray's contribution to microbiology in Canada continues as a member, since 1990, of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Bacterial Diseases Network of Centres of Excellence. And, many of his students and postdoctoral fellows continue the fine road in microbiology he has forged for them.
Dr. Rob Knight
University of Colorado at Boulder
"Variation in the human microbiome across space in time"
March 21, 2011
Dr. Dennis Kasper
William Ellery Channing Professor of Medicine
Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Harvard Medical School
"Immunity to Bacterial Carbohydrates:
Old Dogmas, New Tricks"
March 18, 2010
Dr. Thomas J. Silhavy
Warner-Lambert Parke-Davis Professor of Molecular Biology
“Outer membrane biogenesis in Gram-negative bacteria"
September 4, 2008
Dr. Bruce Beutler
Scripps Research Institute
La Jolla, California
"How we sense infection and respond to it: The forward genetic approach"
May 3, 2007
Dr. Norma Andrews
Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT
"Intracellular pathogens: New turns in the road to lysosomes"
(Keynote Speaker at the first Infection & Immunity Research Day)
November 24, 2006
Dr. B. Brett Finlay
Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology,
Microbiology & Immunology and the Biotechnology Laboratory
The University of British Columbia
"Pathogenic E. coli disease: The role of the pathogen, host, and microbiota"
(Keynote Speaker at the CSM/GSM Annual Conference)
June 18, 2006
Ronald N. Germain , M.D., Ph. D .
Deputy Chief, Laboratory of Immunology
Chief, Lymphocyte Biology Section, Laboratory of Immunology
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institutes of Health, DHHS
“Understanding Adaptive Immunity: From Molecules to Models to Movies”
May 25, 2006
Dr. John Collier
Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Harvard Medical School
“Anthrax toxin and the problem of toxin translocation across membranes”
March 31, 2005
Dr. Pascale Cossart
Professor, Pasteur Institute
"Infection by Listeria monocytogenes : from Cell Biology and Genomics to Pathophysiology"
February 23, 2004
Dr. Abigail Salyers
Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Antibiotic Resistance Gene Transfer by Intestinal Bacteria"
May 9, 2002
Dr. W. Ford Doolittle
Professor, Dalhousie University
Director, CIAR Program in Evolutionary Biology
"Chopping down, or at least uprooting, the Tree of Life"
May 9, 2001
Dr. Richard J. Ulevitch
Professor and Chair, Department of Immunology
Scripps Research Institute
"Multilevel Regulation of Innate Immunity"
June 6, 2000
Dr. Julian Davies
Emeritus Professor, University of British Columbia
Chief Scientific Officer, TerraGen Discovery Inc.
"The New Microbiology"
May 14, 1999
London Convention Centre
Presented as part of "Challenges of Microbial and Immune Diseases in the Next Millennium", the 60 th Anniversary Symposium of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology
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