A Generation of Excellence: A History of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research by Craig BrownA Generation of Excellence: A History of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research by Craig Brown

A Generation of Excellence: A History of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

byCraig Brown

Hardcover | May 26, 2007

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The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research originated at the University of Toronto in the early 1980s. Since that time, it has gone from a small, independent centre to an important and revered institution with a significant role in the study of sciences, social sciences, and humanities in Canada. A Generation of Excellence is a detailed history of the CIAR from its humble beginnings to its ascension as one of the most important research organizations in the country.

Beginning in the summer of 1982, with the CIAR merely a conception in the minds of senior scholars at the University of Toronto, Craig Brown takes us through the process of realization, detailing the early years of the Institute under the presidency of Dr. Fraser Mustard. From early struggles to eventual triumphs, Brown examines the CIAR's pursuit of an ethos - to explore fundamental issues in the social sciences and humanities by funding teams of researchers - showing how success was painstakingly achieved. The rise of the CIAR is deftly illustrated by pairing its earliest projects with the twentieth anniversary Congress held in 2002 in honour of the Institute and two decades of research.

A Generation of Excellence tells the story of one of the country's most remarkable institutions.

Robert Craig Brown, FRSC, is a professor emeritus in the Department of History and a senior fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto.
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Title:A Generation of Excellence: A History of the Canadian Institute for Advanced ResearchFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.32 × 6.28 × 1.18 inPublished:May 26, 2007Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802092322

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Table of Contents

Preface

  1. Leyerle’s Idea
  2. Getting Started
  3. First Business
  4. The AIRS Program
  5. Expansion of the Mandate
  6. Origins: The Universe and the Tree of Life
  7. Population Health
  8. Superconductivity
  9. Years of Testing
  10. Origins II
  11. Economic Growth and Policy
  12. Human Development
  13. The Science of Soft Surfaces and Interfaces
  14. The Knife Edge
  15. The Law Program
  16. New Leadership
  17. Nanoelectronics
  18. Renewal

Appendix A: CIAR Research Program Members

Appendix B: CIAR Advisory Committees

Appendix C: CIAR Research Council

Appendix D: CIAR Board of Directors

Appendix E: CIAR Staff

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index