Walter J. Chute Lecture Series

The Walter J. Chute Lecture Series brings eminent researchers to the Department to present annual lectures. The Chute Lecturers are often Nobel Laureates and, in many cases, the Department has anticipated future winners of Chemistry's top prizes.

Upcoming Walter J. Chute Lectures can be found in the Seminar Schedule.

Previous Walter J. Chute Lecturers

Year Name
2017-18 Amir Hoveyda
2016-17  Timothy M. Swager
2015-16 Gerald F. Joyce
2014-15 Barbara Finlayson-Pitts
2013-14 Nate Lewis
2012-13 Robert S. Langer
2011-12  Chad Mirkin
2010-11  Joanna Aizenberg
2009-10  Jean-Marie Lehn 
2008-09  Geoffrey Ozin 
2007-08  Harry B. Gray 
2006-07  Philip Coppens 
2005-06   Kendall N. Houk 
2004-05  David H. Dolphin 
2003-04  Norman J. Dovichi 
2002-03  Jean M.J. Fréchet 
2001-02  Marye Anne Foxe 
2000-01  Martin Moskovits 
1999-00  Anthony J. Arduengo, III 
1998-99  J.C. (Tito) Scaiano 
1997-98  Arthur B. Ellis 
1996-97  Harold W. Kroto 
1995-96  Keith U. Ingold 
1994-95  R. Graham Cooks
1993-94  Richard R. Schrock
1992-93  J. Fraser Stoddart
1991-92   Michael Kasha
1990-91  John A. Pople
1989-90  Alexander Pines
1988-89  Mark S. Wrighton
1987-88   Richard N. Zare
1986-87  Dorothy C. Hodgkin
1985-86  Ronald Breslow
1984-85  R.J.P. Williams
1983-84  John C. Polanyi
1982-83  William N. Lipscomb
1981-82  Leo Yaffe
1980-81 Raymond U. Lemieux


Biography of Walter Chute

Walter Chute was born in Brooklyn Corner, Kings County, Nova Scotia. After obtaining his B.Sc. (Honours) from Acadia University, he went to study with Professor G.F. Wright at the University of Toronto and was awarded the doctorate in 1943.

In the same year he accepted an appointment at Dalhousie where he played a major role in the education of thousands of Dalhousie students. From 1954 to 1969 he guided the Department of Chemistry as its sixth Head, maintaining a tradition that commenced in 1863 when Dr. George Lawson was appointed a Professor of Chemistry and Head of the Department. Although Professor Chute formally retired in 1978, he continued to be active in research, teaching and administration, besides serving as the historian of Chemistry at Dalhousie, until his death in December, 1991.