George Connell (biochemist)

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George Connell
12th President of the University of Toronto
In office
Preceded by David Strangway
Succeeded by Robert Prichard
Personal details
Born George Edward Connell
(1930-06-20)June 20, 1930
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died March 13, 2015(2015-03-13) (aged 84)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma mater University of Toronto

George Edward Connell, OC FRSC (June 20, 1930 – March 13, 2015) was a Canadian academic.

Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Connell studied at Upper Canada College in Toronto and graduated in 1947. He then attended the University of Toronto, earning an BA in biochemistry in 1951 and a PhD in 1955.

Connell worked at the University of Toronto for the next 22 years, first as a professor of biochemistry and then as the chairman of the department of biochemistry. His research included the study of plasma cholinesterase. He left to serve as President of the University of Western Ontario from 1977 to 1984, before returning to the University of Toronto to become its twelfth President from 1984 to 1990.

In 1987, Connell was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He served as a principal advisor to the Royal Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada (known as the Krever Inquiry) established in 1993. Connell died on March 13, 2015.[1]


  1. ^ Gallant, Jacques (16 March 2015). "Former U of T president George Connell dead at 84". The Star. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  • From the Ivory Tower to the Corporate Tower, speech at the Empire Club of Canada, October 17, 1985 by Harry T. Seymour
  • Bayer International Bioethics Advisory Council, short biography
  • "Canadian Who's Who 1997 entry". Retrieved February 16, 2006. [permanent dead link]

External links

  • Archival papers held at University of Toronto
Academic offices
Preceded by
D. Carlton Williams
President of the University of Western Ontario
Succeeded by
Alan K. Adlington, acting

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