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Hossain Farid Prize for Graduate Studies in Animal Genetics or Physiology

Posted by stephanie Rogers on September 6, 2023 in Alumni & Friends, News, Research

The Faculty of Agriculture community lost a long-time faculty member and supporter in November of 2022. Dr. Hossain Farid taught on campus from 1990 to 2017, after which he continued as an adjunct professor. Hossain was from Isfahan, Iran, and received his undergraduate degree and Master of Science from Shiraz University (1974) and his doctorate jointly from Ohio State University and University of Alberta (1986).

He and his family made Truro their home in 1990, where they became an integral part of the community. An immigrant to Canada himself in 1982, Hossain took great care over the years to help newcomers to Canada settle in. Whether it was an airport pickup, hosting people until they found a home, or simply taking them grocery shopping, Hossain was a source of reliable support for those new to Nova Scotia. He always moved those close to him, old friends or new, with his unfailing warmth, grace and decency.

Hossain was an accomplished geneticist and world-renowned researcher in Aleutian mink disease. He taught hundreds of students over three decades and he was dedicated not only to his own research but to that of his students.

To honour his memory and continue his legacy in ground-breaking research, Hossain’s family has established the Hossain Farid Prize for Graduate Studies in Animal Genetics or Physiology. The inaugural award will be presented in the fall of 2024 to a deserving student.

If you are a former student, colleague or friend, we encourage you to honour Hossain’s legacy by making a gift to the award fund through