On Friday October 12, Dr. John Polanyi, one of the world’s most respected scientists, was honoured at the official Grand Opening of John Polanyi Collegiate Institute. In recognition of Dr. Polanyi’s extensive contributions to Toronto and the world, Mayor Ford has also proclaimed today, October 12, 2012, “John Polanyi Day” in Toronto to concide with the ceremony.
Dr. Polanyi gave an inspirational speech to staff and students about his experiences and the importance of science and technology.
“Only such an enterprising school would put a complicated Hungarian name on its masthead! I am most honoured to be part of it, and confident it will have a great future,” said Dr. Polanyi.
Dr. Polanyi’s dedication to education is shown through his significant contribution to social justice and science. In 1986 Dr. Polanyi won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research into chemical reaction in kinetics.
“The school community asked for the school to be named John Polanyi CI. They wanted to inspire students and staff with a real-life model of excellence in science and dedication to issues of global social justice, peace and disarmament. We are thrilled that Dr. Polanyi has honoured us by allowing the school to bear his name, and we are committed to have the school live up to his example," said Trustee Howard Goodman, Ward 8.