Ian Cormack Palmer Smith, PhD, DSc


Title: Retired Biophysicist

Company: Innovative Biodiagnostics, Inc.

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Ian Cormack Palmer Smith, PhD, DSc, Retired Biophysicist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Medicine.

Dr. Smith has been named the chief executive officer of the Center for Imaging Technology Commercialization this year, following on the heels of his leadership at Innovative Biodiagnostics Incorporated, where he remains a director of the board. He is an innovator of medical technology recognized by the government of Canada with a 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award and the title of Officer of the Order of Canada in 2009. Additionally, Dr. Smith was decorated with the Order of the Buffalo Hunt and the Order of the Star of Romania, among numerous scientific honors. He is the recipient of a Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award and the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and has appeared in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the Midwest, and Who’s Who in the World.

Born in Winnipeg to Cormack and Grace Mary Smith, Dr. Smith studied with the University of Manitoba to a Master of Science in 1962, and went on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University in England in 1965. He was a fellow of Stanford University, and worked with Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1966 to 1967. Dr. Smith spent 20 years working as a research officer with the division of biological sciences of the National Research Council in Ottawa, Canada, and was named director general from 1987 to 1991. Dr. Smith went on to the Institute of Biodiagnostics in Winnipeg from 1992 to 2013. While working for the advancement of medical science, he also headed a number of research councils, funds, and research companies, and still holds positions with Cancer Care Manitoba, Cimtec, and the St. Boniface Hospital Research Enterprise. Dr. Smith has been president of Smart Winnipeg since 2013.

Dr. Smith is one of the rare recipients of the 2012 Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and holds a 1986 Herzberg Award as well as a 1979 Barringer Award from the Canadian Spectroscopy Society. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and numerous other scientific groups. He holds honorary DSc degrees from the Cracow Polish Academy of Science, Brandon University, the Red River College, and the University of Winnipeg, as well as an honorary PhD from the University of Stockholm. In 1965, Dr. Smith also made the groundbreaking first step into matrimony with his wife, Eva Gunilla Landvik. They have four children, Brittmarie, Cormack, Duncan, and Roderick.

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