Dr. Ursula Martius Franklin: Sep 16, 1921 – Jul 22, 2016

Massey College Loses
One of Its Most Distinguished Members

We are sad to announce that Dr. Ursula Franklin, a Massey College Senior Fellow, passed away on Friday, July 22, 2016.

Dr. Franklin was a metallurgist, research physicist, feminist, peace activist, author and educator. She received her PhD in experimental physics at the Technical University of Berlin, after she and her parents survived the holocaust. She arrived in Toronto in 1948 to pursue a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto and worked as a senior scientist at the Ontario Research Foundation (1952-1967). She became the first female professor in U of T’s Faculty of Engineering in 1967. In 1984, she was the first woman to be named University Professor at the U of T, a prestigious honour granted only to faculty of the highest standing. She has received more than 25 honorary degrees and countless awards and medals, including The Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case and the Pearson Medal of Peace. She was inducted into the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame in 2012.

Expressing his condolences, Hugh Segal, the Massey College Master said: “This is a huge loss for the Massey community. Her very agile and acute spirit of interdisciplinary inquiry and scholarship came to symbolize the very essence of Massey at its best.‎ Her courage on issues of human survival and the purposes of technology are beacons of what intellectual integrity should mean.”

The celebration of Ursula Franklin’s life will be held at a later date, which will be announced on the Massey College website.

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