Luc Vinet was born in Montreal in 1953. He holds a doctorate degree from the Pierre-and-Marie-Curie University and a Ph.D. degree from the Université de Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada, both in theoretical physics. After two years as a Research Associate at the MIT, he was appointed in the Physics Department at the Université de Montréal and promoted to full professorship in 1992. His research interests include quantum field theory, supersymmetry, quantum algebras, orthogonal polynomials and special functions, integrable systems, and combinatorics. From 1993 to 1999, Dr. Vinet was the Director of the Centre de Recherches Mathématiques (CRM), one of Canada’s national institutes in mathematical sciences. He is also one of the founding members of the MITACS Network of Centers of Excellence, a Canadian flagship. In 1999, Vinet joined the ranks of McGill University where he held the positions of Vice Principal (Academic) and Provost. From 2005 to 2010, he was the Rector of the Université de Montréal, one of Canada’s leading universities. Vinet sits on many boards. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Université Claude-Bernard, Lyon. He was made an Officer of the Ordre des Palmes académiques and Knight of the Ordre de la Pléiade. In 2009, the Government of Quebec awarded him the Armand-Frappier Prize in recognition of his outstanding research career and of his contributions to the creation and development of research institutions.
Biography Updated on 27 November 2012