1907/8 - 2007/8
Celebrating 100 Years of Biochemistry
at the University of Toronto


Our 100th Anniversary Symposium was held May 28-30th, 2008

- Click here to view the Symposium Programme

- Click here to see photos of the event

Events leading up to the centennary celebrations:

Tuesday 29 January 2008

Dr. John B. Wynne, the nephew of Professor Arthur M. Wynne who was Chair of Biochemistry from 1951-1960, was invited to visit the Department. Marian Packham, Roy Baker and Reinhart Reithmeier treated Dr. Wynne to lunch at Hart House and then took him on a tour of MSB and the Donnelly-CCBR. Marian obtained her B.A. in Biochemistry in 1949 and her Ph.D. in 1954 during the time Arthur Wynne was Chair. She was able to share her memories of that time and how the Department had changed over the past 60 years.

Arthur Wynne obtained his B.A. and M.A. in Biochemistry from Queen’s and completed his Ph.D. on bacterial metabolism in 1925 with Professor H.B. Speakman, Head of Zymology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Wynne was appointed Assistant Professor in 1929 when Zymology and Biochemistry merged, with Hardolph Wasteneys as Chair (1929-1951). Arthur Wynne was the first President of the Canadian Biochemical Society, now the Canadian Society of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology (CSBMCB). The CSBMCB celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2007 and created the Arthur Wynne Gold Medal to be awarded to scientists who have made outstanding contributions to biochemistry, molecular and cell biology in Canada over their careers. Dr. Alan Bernstein, best known as President of CIHR, is the first recipient of the CSBMCB Arthur Wynne Gold Medal.

John Wynne also has a close association with the University of Toronto, graduating with an M.D. in 1952 in the same class as John Evans. His father, Dr. C.S. Wynne is also a University of Toronto graduate, obtaining his M.D. in 1914. John’s daughter, Kathleen Wynne is the current Minister of Education in the Province of Ontario.

University Professor Emeritus, Marian Packham enjoys lunch with Dr. John Wynne.

Monday 22 October 2007

On October 22, the Department of Biochemistry hosted a lunch at Hart House Gallery Grill to honour the many contributions of emeritus professors, lecturers and former chairs. The lively group was regaled with stories of the fascinating individuals that made Biochemistry their home over its long history. These stories and many more will be repeated at our 100th Anniversary International Symposium to take place May 28-30, 2008, to which all of our current and former faculty, staff and trainees are invited.



Clockwise from Reinhart Reithmeier (in front) are Dorothy Painter, Ron Williams, Harry Schachter, David Isenman, Peter Lewis, Theo Hofmann, Marian Packham, Robert Painter and Patricia Bronskill.


Wednesday 18 July 2007

Reinhart Reithmeier's pilgrimage to the oldest Department of Biochemistry - University of Liverpool


For photos of the Liverpool visit click here.




Reinhart Reithmeier and Huw Rees outside the Johnston Laboratories (1903), first home of the Biochemistry Department.

Some interesting links:

A brief history of the Department


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