University of British Columbia, Canada
Chris Orvig was born and raised in Montréal. He followed his father to McGill University, for his Hons. B.Sc. in chemistry from McGill University in 1976 and subsequently completed his doctorate (as a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council - NSERC – of Canada scholar) in technetium chemistry at M.I.T. with Prof. Alan Davison, FRS. After an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. Kenneth N. Raymond at the University of California, Berkeley (1981-83) and one year with the late Prof. Colin J. L. Lock at McMaster University, he joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia in 1984, where he is now Professor of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Director of the Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry Group. His scientific interests are firmly based in the areas of medicinal inorganic chemistry and coordination chemistry – he has been involved over the years with radiopharmaceutical chemistry, metal ion decorporation, and metal ion neurotoxicology, as well as chemotherapeutic metal complexes and ligands. Orvig has received various research and teaching awards, has published more than 200 research papers, and is a co-inventor on many issued patents; he is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.