Seminar Series

William S. Hoar Memorial Lecture


This lecture series honours Professor William S. Hoar, among whose many outstanding contributions to science in Canada was the growth and development of Comparative Physiology in the Department of Zoology at the University of British Columbia.

Professor William Stewart Hoar was born in Moncton, New Brunswick on August 31, 1913, and passed away in Vancouver on June 13, 2006.

In 1934 he received a B.A. in Biology and Geology from the University of New Brunswick. After obtaining a Master's degree in Zoology from the University of Western Ontario and a Doctorate in Medical Sciences from Boston University, Professor Hoar held academic positions at the University of New Brunswick (1939-42 and 1943-46) and the University of Toronto (1942-43). During this time he also worked for several summers for the Fisheries Research Board of Canada. In 1945 Professor hoar was appointed Professor of Zoology and Fisheries at the University of British Columbia. Here he became well known as an excellent teacher and scientist, and played a major role in shaping the Department of Zoology, particularly from 1964-71 when he was Head of Department.

In addition to well over 100 scientific publications, Professor Hoar was the editor of the Canadian Journal of Zoology and continues as co-editor of the multi-volume series on Fish Physiology. In 1966 he wrote a textbook of General and Comparative Physiology which is currently in its third edition and has been translated into a number of foreign languages.

Professor Hoar has received no less than seven Honourary Degrees from Canadian Universities. In 1955 he was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and ten years later was awarded the Flavelle Medal. From 1971 to 1973 he was the president of Academy III of the Royal Society. In 1974 he received the Fry Medal from the Canadian Society of Zoologists and, in the same year, became an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Previous Hoar Lecturers:

1986/87, Professor Howard A. Bern, Neuroendocrine Tales from Fish Tails

1988/89, Professor T.H. Bullock, Comparative Physiology of Brain Function: Unfenced Open Range

1989/90, Professor J.S. Clegg, Intracellular Water and Cytoplasmic Organization: Water, Water Everywhere, But Not the Kind You Think

1990/91, Professor K.P. Lederis, CRF-Like Neuropeptides in Fish CNS

1991/92, Professor A.O.D. Willows, Neural Basis of Behaviour

1992/93, Professor R. Peter, Brain Hormones and Fish Spawning: From the Lab to the Farm Pond

1993/94, Professor J. Diamond, Ceilings on Metabolic Performance: Nursing Mother, Triathletes and Nerds

1994/95, Professor R. Balaban, The Control of Mitochondrial Oxidative phosphorylation in vivo

1995/96, Professor Barbara Block, Endothermy in Fish: Thermogenesis, Ecology and Evolution

1996/97, Professor Tom Lam, Marine Fish Larvae: Endogenous Deficiencies, Exogenous Compensation

1997/98, Dr. Warren Burggren, Studying Physiological Development: Past, Present and Future

1998/99, Dr. Peter Hochachka, Mechanism and Evolution of the Diving Response in Seals and Sea Lions.

1999/00, Dr. J.G. (Geoff) Eales, The Evolution of the Control of the Thyroid System

2000/01, Dr. Robert Boutilier, Surviving hypoxia and hypothermia without really dying

2001/02, Dr. David J. Randall, Responses of fish to hypoxia.

2002/03, Dr. John Phillips, Neuropeptide Control of Insect Renal Reabsorption: Recent Molecular Advances.

2003/04, Dr. Donald Jackson, Coping with Hypoxic Acidosis: Strategies and Mechanisms.

2004/05, Dr. Peter Scheid, High Flying Birds.

2005/06, Dr. Pat Butler, Physiological constraints on the foraging behaviour of aquatic birds.

2006/07, Dr. Chris Wood, Physiological consequences of feeding in the dogfish shark, Squalus acanthias.

2007/08, Dr. Tobias Wang, Evolution of high blood pressures in pythons and giraffes.

2008/09, Donal Manahan, Physiology and Development in "Extreme" Environments.

2009/10, Dr. Michael Castellini, Biochemical Aspects of Marine Mammal Diving Physiology.

2010/11 Dr. William Milsom, Adaptive trends in respiratory control: A comparative perspective.

2011/12 Dr. David Evans, Paracrine Control of fish gill function.

2012/13 Dr. D. Ann Pabst, Building a Deep-Diving Mammal: Insights into the Functional Morphology of Cetaceans.
Last updated 11 September 2013