Laureates of the Japan Prize


Dr. Timothy R. Parsons

2001 (17th) Japan Prize Laureate

Marine Biology
Contribution to the development of biological / fisheries oceanography and for conservation of fishery resources and marine environment
Commemorative Lecture
Identification of Ige and the Mechanisms of Allergy
Nationality: Canada
Date of Birth: 1932
Academic Degrees:
1953 B.Sc. McGill University, Montreal Quebec
1955 M.Sc. McGill University, Montreal Quebec
1958 Ph.D. McGill University, Montreal Quebec
Professional Career:
1958-1962 Fisheries Research Board of Canada (Nanaimo, B.C)
1962-1964 Office of Oceanography, UNESCO, Paris
1964-1971 Fisheries Research Board of Canada (Nanaimo, B.C)
1971-1992 Department of Oceanography, University of British Columbia
1992-Present Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia
1992-Present Honorary Scientist Emeritus, Institute of Ocean Sciences, Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Title: Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia
Major Publications and Scientific Papers:
  1. Parsons, T. R. and J. D. H. Stirickland . 1962.
    On the production of particulate organic carbon by heterotrophic processes in sea water. Deep-Sea Res., 8, 211-222
  2. Parsons, T. R., M. Takahashi and B. Hargreaves 1983.
    Biological Oceanographic Processes (3rd Edition). Pergamon Press, Oxford, 332pp.
  3. Parsons, T. R., Y. Maita and C. M. Lalli 1984.
    A Manual of Biological and Chemical Methods for Seawater Analysis. Pergamon Press, Oxford, 173pp.
  4. Parsons, T. R. 1990.
    The use of mathematical models in conjunction with mesocosm ecosystem research, pp. 197-210. In: C. M. Lalli (ed.), Enclosed Experimental Marine Ecosystems, A Review and Recommendations, Springer-Verlag, N. Y.
  5. Lalli, C. M. and T. R. Parsons 1993.
    Biological Oceanography: An Introduction. Pergamon Press, Oxford, 301 pp.
  6. Parsons, T. R. 1996.
    The impact of industrial fisheries on the trophic structure of marine ecosystems, pp. 352-357. In:G. A. Polis and K. O Winemiller (eds.), Food Webs-Integration of Patterms and Dynamics, Chapman Hall, N. Y.
Major Awards Received:
  • Oceanographic Society of Japan Prize (1988)
  • 1990 Killam Research Prize J.P. Tully Medal for Oceanography (Canadian Society of Meteorology and Oceanography) (1990)
  • 1993 Evelyn Hutchinson Medal (American Society of Limnology and Oceanography) (1993)
  • 1999 Murry Newman Award (Vancouver Aquarium) (1999)
Membership in Academic Institutions and Societies:
  • President, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (1969-1970)
  • President, International Association of Biological Oceanography (ICSU) (1971-1976)
  • Comite de Perfertionement de l'Institut Oceangraphique (Paris) (1976-1978)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1979)
  • Editor of La mer, La Societe franco-japonaise d'oceanographie (1990-Present)
  • Editor in Chief of Fishery Oceanography
    Oceanographic Society of Japan
    La Societe franco-japonaise d'oceanographie
    American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (1992-1996)

( At the time of receipt of the Prize )

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