PHAS Physicist Marcel Franz Appointed to Royal Society of Canada

September 15, 2022
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Marcel Franz

The Physics and Astronomy (PHAS) Department congratulates UBC PHAS Professor Dr. Marcel Franz for his recent appointment as a new Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) Class of 2022.

The RSC was founded in 1883 as a National Academy, or collegium of Canada’s most distinguished leaders in academia, science and the arts. Recognized as the highest academic award for “excellence” in the sciences, humanities and arts in Canada, RSC Fellowships acknowledge distinguished Canadians for their expertise in their respective fields.

Celebrated as one of 13 UBC Faculty awarded RSC 2022 Fellowships, Marcel was recognized for his contributions to the field of condensed matter physics, and in particular for his work on high-temperature superconductivity and twisted topological superconductors where he has pioneered new ideas and his body of work has inspired multiple investigations.

Marcel began his academic career in Czechoslovakia, completing his Master’s and PhD studies at the University of Rochester in 1994 followed by Postdoctoral Fellowships at McMaster and Johns Hopkins Universities. Starting at UBC in 2000 as Assistant Professor working on programs in theoretical condensed matter physics, statistical mechanics, and topological states of quantum matter, he has since held both teaching and research positions at UBC’s PHAS Department and the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute.

Marcel has been recognized with a variety of awards and honours including an A.P. Sloan Research Fellowship, American Physical Society (APS) Fellowship, APS Outstanding Referee, CIFAR Fellow in Quantum Materials, UBC Killam Research Fellowship and CIAR Quantum Materials Scholar. He currently serves as Deputy Director at the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute.


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About the Royal Society of Canada

Since its inception in 1882, the Society has sought to harness and promote the collective knowledge of experts to benefit Canada and the world. Under the leadership of the Governor General of Canada, the first society meeting established the RSC mandate, to advance Canada through promoting Canadian contributions and to develop scientific, scholarly, artistic engagement and understanding across interdisciplinary knowledge. 

Today the Royal Society continues their directive to enhance the three academies of science, the social sciences and the arts & humanities through the election of Fellows and Members who have demonstrated extraordinary achievements in their discipline, in research, scholarship or through artistic merit

The Class of 2022 new RSC Fellows ceremony will be held on Friday, November 25th, 2022 in-person, in Calgary Alberta. For registration information please see here.

“The Royal Society of Canada is delighted to welcome this outstanding cohort of artists, scholars and scientists, says RSC President Jeremy McNeil, “these individuals are recognised for their exceptional contributions to their respective disciplines and are a real credit to Canada.”