On December 5, 2017, Dr. Roger Guillemin was honored by Université de Montréal by the naming of its assembly hall after him. The honorary plaque will be installed at the entrance to the University Assembly hall, now re-named to mark the 40th anniversary of the French-born physician’s Nobel Prize for medicine.
Born on June 11, 1924 in Dijon, France, Dr. Roger Guillemin was awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1977 for his discoveries concerning the production of peptide hormones in the brain. In 1953, after studying medicine in Lyon, he defended his doctoral thesis at Université de Montreal under the supervision of renowned endocrinologist Hans Selye, a professor at the Faculty of Medicine and director of the Institute of Experimental Medicine and Surgery.
Professor Guillemin went on to pursue his career primarily at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and then at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. In recognition of his contribution to medical research, Université de Montréal awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1979.