Edward (Ted) Llewellyn
Distinguished Researcher Award - Fall 2002
The Distinguished Researcher Award recognizes a faculty member's contribution to scholarship through the creation, expansion and critique of knowledge. The University has selected Edward (Ted) Llewellyn, Professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, as the Fall 2002 recipient of this award.
Professor Llewellyn earned a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree (1960) and a Ph.D. (1963) at the University of Exeter. In 1964, he joined the University of Saskatchewan and later served as Physics department head for 18 months. He is one of only a few professors to be awarded a D.Sc. degree (1987) by the University.
Prof. Llewellyn is a world leader in optical aeronomic and atmospheric research. His major achievements range from co-discovering the upper ozone layer of the Earth to monitoring stratospheric pollutants using scattered sunlight measurements from space.
He is the principal investigator for the OSIRIS (Optical Spectrograph and InfraRed Imager System) instrument that was launched in 2001 on the Swedish-led Odin satellite, a joint project involving Canada, Finland, France, and Sweden.
The instrument, 10 years in the making, will allow detailed mapping of the ozone concentration in the upper atmosphere for the first time. Unique data provided by the instrument will provide insights into how ozone depletion is occurring, rather than just where it is happening over the Earth. This work is a prelude to essential studies on climate change.
His team's expertise on remote sensing is sought after by industry and military sectors. He was also the principal investigator for rocket experiments flown in Canadian, British, Swedish and U.S. rocket programs and the OGLOW-II Shuttle experiment.
Prof. Llewellyn was vital in the development of the U of S Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies. He has promoted Canadian collaboration with a number of top-rated international projects and has built solid relationships with Canadian industry and the Canadian Space Agency. He has brought millions of dollars in contracts and federal research grants to the U of S.
Among his many awards and honors, he was elected in 1994 as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is a prolific publisher of articles, referee for numerous professional journals and associate editor for the Canadian Journal of Physics. He also reviews many papers and grant applications for federal granting agencies and NASA, and has served on numerous national and international committees.
He has greatly contributed to U of S teaching and graduate education. He set up the Engineering Physics Internship Program, provides caring and inspired postgraduate supervision, and has fostered careers of his many post-doctoral fellows and research staff members.
Prof. Llewellyn has made landmark discoveries and has played a leading role in national and international aeronomy and space science communities. He is a very deserving recipient of this award.