Meet the winners of the 2020 Canada Council Killam Prizes
Each winner receives $100,000 for exceptional Canadian scholarship
Every year, the Canada Council awards five Killam Prizes to outstanding Canadian scholars. The prizes come with a $100,000 award. And each year, CBC IDEAS meets the five winners, to find out what makes their work so significant.
The winners in each prize category for 2020 are:
Health Sciences: Alan Evans
One major project is what Alan calls a type of "Google Earth for the brain" (also known as "MNI-152") which helps neurologists build a highly detailed statistical picture of what 'normal' or 'abnormal' brain development and aging looks like.
Evans, one of the world's most-cited neurology experts, speaks of the brain's mystery and beauty, acknowledging that we are just scratching the surface of understanding how it works.
Natural Sciences: Barbara Sherwood Lollar
As an expert on sub-surface water on this planet, she has also become a vital part of the search for life on other planets, as scientists look for ancient bodies of water under the surface of Saturn's moons and Mars.
Lollar is a professor in the department of earth sciences at the University of Toronto.
Social Sciences: Cecilia Benoit
She's currently at work on the country's largest study examining sex work and prostitution law. Her books include Midwives in Passage: the modernization of maternity care and Society: The Basics.
Benoit is a professor in the department of sociology at the University of Victoria and a scientist at the Centre for Addictions Research of B.C.
Engineering: Ted Sargent
The group is now at work on problems such as how to store the summer sunlight's energy through the winter. For Ted, it all began with a summer job working on early fibre-optic internet technology, which started his lifelong interest in solving big problems with nanotechnology.
Humanities: Sarah Carter
Among her most recent books is the Governor General's Award-winning Imperial Plots: Women, Land, and the Spadework of British Colonialism on the Canadian Prairies,
Carter is a professor in the department of history and classics and the faculty of Native studies at the University of Alberta.
* This episode was produced by Tom Howell.