Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Dr. Timothy R. Parsons

Dr. Timothy R. Parsons

  • Nationality:
  • Date of Birth:
    1 November 1932

Outline of Achievements

Outline of Achievements

The 2001 Japan Prize

Major Awards Received

1988 Oceanographic Society of Japan Prize
1990 1990 Killam Research Prize J.P. Tully Medal for Oceanography (Canadian Society of Meteorology and Oceanography)
1993 1993 Evelyn Hutchinson Medal (American Society of Limnology and Oceanography)
1999 1999 Murry Newman Award (Vancouver Aquarium)

Membership in Academic Institutions and Societies

1969-1970 President, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
1971-1976 President, International Association of Biological Oceanography (ICSU)
1976-1978 Comite de Perfertionement de l'Institut Oceangraphique (Paris)
1979 Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
1990-Present Editor of La mer, La Societe franco-japonaise d'oceanographie
1992-1996 Editor in Chief of Fishery Oceanography
Oceanographic Society of Japan
La Societe franco-japonaise d'oceanographie
American Society of Limnology and Oceanography

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


  • Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia

Major Publications and Scientific Papers

  • 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
  • Parsons, T. R., M. Takahashi and B. Hargreaves 1983.
    Biological Oceanographic Processes (3rd Edition). Pergamon Press, Oxford, 332pp.
  • Parsons, T. R., Y. Maita and C. M. Lalli 1984.
    A Manual of Biological and Chemical Methods for Seawater Analysis. Pergamon Press, Oxford, 173pp.
  • 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.
  • Lalli, C. M. and T. R. Parsons 1993.
    Biological Oceanography: An Introduction. Pergamon Press, Oxford, 301 pp.
  • 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.
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