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Indira V. Samarasekera is president and vice-chancellor of the University of Alberta.
It’s been 20 years since a scientist working in Canada has been awarded a Nobel Prize in science. Bertram Brockhouse received the Nobel Prize in physics in 1994, Michael Smith in chemistry in 1993, and John Polanyi in chemistry in 1986.
Nobel Prizes are the most recognizable symbols of scientific excellence. Does this long drought suggest that Canada is losing global competitiveness at the frontiers of science?