David S. Scott ’55

Born in Quebec City, Quebec, David joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto in 1966 where he later became Department Chair in 1976.  He founded the university’s Institute for Hydrogen Systems and then chaired the Canadian Advisory Group on Hydrogen Opportunities that produced their acclaimed 1987 report, Hydrogen: National Mission for Canada.  In 1989 David joined the University of Victoria where he founded their Institute for Integrated Energy System.  The Institute continues its work on hydrogen and fuel-cell systems, cryofuel liquefaction and energy systems analysis.  Today, David is the Vice-President (for the Americas) of the International Association of Hydrogen Energy.  In 2006, he received the Association’s Jules Verne Award for “Outstanding Contributions to Hydrogen Physics and Hydrogen Energy Sociology and Philosophy” (the first Canadian so honoured).  His seminal book, Smelling Land: The Hydrogen Defense Against Climate Catastrophe was released during the spring of 2007.