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John C. Polanyi - International Year of Chemistry

Title

John C. Polanyi - International Year of Chemistry

Denomination

PERMANENTâ„¢ (P)

Date of Issue

October 3, 2011

Year

Quantity

2,250,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Perforation or Dimension

Simulated perforation

Printer

Lowe-Martin

Creators

Design/Illustration: q30 design inc.. Photography: Zoran Milich / Globe and Mail.

Hidden Date

The hidden date for this stamp can be found on Polanyi's wrist.

Layouts

Booklet of 10 stamps

Quantity Produced - 225,000
Cancellation Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Original Price: $5.90
Perforation: Simulated perforation
Dimension: 32 mm x 24 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

OFDC

Quantity Produced - 14,000
Cancellation Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Original Price: $1.59
Perforation: Simulated perforation
Dimension: 32 mm x 24 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

About Stamp

The science of chemistry has contributed to advancements in every area of day-to-day living. Chemists, through their observations and experiments, have given us everything from chemotherapy to explosives, and from fertilizers to even non-stick fry pans!

The United Nations' International Year of Chemistry (IYC) initiative recognizes the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies in 1911, the same year in which Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for her pioneering work on radioactivity.

In honour of IYC 2011, Canada Post is issuing a stamp celebrating the work of world-renowned Canadian chemist Dr. John Charles Polanyi, who was also awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1986. In awarding the Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy stated that Polanyi's groundbreaking research in reaction dynamics forged a new field of research in chemistry. He was cited for developing "the method of infrared chemiluminescence, in which the extremely weak infrared emission from a newly formed molecule is measured and analyzed," and used this method to provide "a much more detailed understanding of how chemical reactions take place."

Designed by Tejashri Kapure of q30, this PERMANENT™ stamp features a photograph of Dr. Polanyi.

"I am surprised and honored to find myself a part of this intriguing stamp," says Polanyi, who continues to have a powerful influence in Canadian chemistry research. He is also a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada (P.C.), and a Companion of the Order of Canada (C.C.).

Reference

Canada's Stamp Details (Vol. XX No 4; October to December 2011)

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