In memoriam: James M. Toguri
Engineer remembered as a scientist and man of great integrity April 15, 2003 -- Professor Emeritus James Toguri of materials science
was 72 years old.James M. Toguri"Jim Toguri's passion for science and engineering was electric," said Professor Doug Perovic, chair of materials science
...Toguri first came to the University of Toronto as a student, receiving his BASc in 1955, MASc in 1956 and PhD in 1958.
Aftercompleting his PhD he held post-doctoral and research associate appointments in London and Norway and at the University of Chicago.
From 1962 until hejoined the faculty at U of T in 1966, he was head of the chemistry
section of the Noranda Research Centre
in Pointe Claire, Que.
returned to U of T
supervised numerous graduate students and visiting research associates and as a result his
influence and leadership spread internationally with professionalexchange commitments in Chile, Norway, Japan, Australia and the U.S. As well, he served as chair of what was then the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science from 1976 to 1981 and held the Senior INCO/NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Chemical Process
Metallurgy from 1988 until his
retirement in 1998.In 1995 he
was inducted into the University of Toronto
Engineering Alumni Hall of Distinction.
The author or co-author of over 200 scientific papers, Toguri
hasmade a significant impact on the scientific and technical community.For his
outstanding contributions he
received numerous awards including the Metallurgical Society of the Canadian Institute
of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum's Alcan Award in 1979 (the premier award for metallurgical contribution) and the inaugural Silver Medal for sustained contribution to the development of theMetallurgical Society
in 1986.A fellow of the American Society
ofMetals, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum as well as the Royal Society of Canada, Toguri also had the special distinction of being the first Canadian to be elected a fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Technical Sciences.In 1996 he was elected an honorary member of the Japan Institute of Metals and in 1998
received the Third Order of the Rising Sun, conferred by theemperor of Japan in recognition of his
efforts to foster relationsbetween Japan and Canada. Since 1967 Toguri
welcomed more than 36 post-doctoral fellows and visiting professors from Japan.