Professor Doug Stephan, born in Hamilton, graduated with his BSc at McMaster (1976) and completed his PhD at UWO (1980). He then held a NATO PDF at Harvard, before beginning his independent career at the University of Windsor (1982). He was promoted to Associate Professor (1985), full Professor(1992) and named a NSERC Industrial Research Chair (2001), University Professor (2002) and Canada Research Chair (2005). In 2008 he moved to the University of Toronto as a Professor and Canada Research Chair. In 2018, he was appointed University Professor. He was an Associate Editor of Chemical Society Reviews for six years, the Chair of the journal's editorial board, and is now Chair of the Chemical Communications Editorial Board.
A world-leading researcher in inorganic chemistry/catalysis, he is best known as the founder of the field of 'frustrated Lewis pair' (FLP) chemistry. He has received a number of national and international awards, including Humboldt and Killam Fellowships. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Corresponding Member of North-Rhein-Westfaelia Academy of the Sciences and Arts (Germany) and was a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at King Abdulaziz University. He is an Einstein Visiting Fellow at TU Berlin, recipient of the 2019 J C Polanyi Award from NSERC of Canada, a 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2021 Killam Prize.