Nobel Laureate heads south for year’s sabbatical at U of W

UBC’s Nobel Prize-winning professor Michael Smith has been elected as a foreign
associate of the National Academy of Sciences, the most prestigious scientific
organization in the United States.

Academy members are elected in recognition of their distinguished and
continuing achievements in original research. The academy has about 1,800
members and 300 foreign associates, of whom 124 have won Nobel Prizes. Smith
also recently received three more honorary degrees –from the Université
de Montreal, the University of Alberta and Carleton University.

Meanwhile, Smith is preparing to close his lab at the Biotechnology Laboratory
and spend a year’s sabbatical at the University of Washington, where he will
resume his research activities after several years of administrative duties at

Smith will continue his research when he returns to UBC the following year.