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The Founding College of the University of Toronto
James Hillier

James Hillier

BA 1937 UC - 2020 Award Recipient

The late James Hillier (BA 1937 UC) was a scientist and inventor. He co-developed the world's first high-resolution transmission electron microscope, the basis for all subsequent electron microscropes. He held 41 patents and won the Lasker Prize (1960) for co-developing the electron microscope. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada (1997) and was invested into the US Inventors Hall of Fame and the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame. He established the Dr. James Hillier Foundation in 1992 to support, in perpetuity, Brantford-area secondary school students attending university and studying the sciences.