F. E. J. Fry Medal


The Fry Award is given to a Canadian Zoologist who has made an outstanding contribution to knowledge and understanding of an area in zoology, and who is expected to deliver a plenary lecture at the next AGM.

Terms of reference


The Fry Award is made to a Canadian Zoologist who has made an outstanding contribution to knowledge and understanding of an area in zoology, and who is expected to deliver a plenary lecture at the next AGM.


The recipient receives a Fry Medal and is expected to deliver the Fry Lecture at the next AGM. Full travel expenses for the recipient are reimbursed.

Source of Prize

Funded through ZET.

Frequency of availability

One award is made annually.

Application/nomination procedures

Nominations are made to the Chair of the Recognition Committee  (the Past-President) and must include an up-to-date curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, and a brief statement of the significance of the work for which the candidate is nominated. All components of the nomination package must be submitted by the nominator and may include a maximum of three letters of support in addition to the nomination letter. The nomination must indicate that the nominee is available to deliver the Fry Lecture at the next AGM. Unsuccessful nominations are held for two additional years.

Application deadline

The Chair of the Recognition Committee will set a deadline, normally around the middle of November, which will allow the Committee sufficient time to adjudicate the Award before the December meeting of Council.


  • Born 1908
  • Died May 13, 1989
  • BA University of Toronto 1933
  • MA University of Toronto 1935
  • PhD University of Toronto 1936
  • University of Toronto faculty member
  • Professor of Zoology 1956-1974
  • Royal Canadian Air Force team of physiologists in aviation medicine 1941-1945
  • Research: physiological ecology, population dynamics and management of stocks of fish.
  • President American Society of Limnology and Oceanography 1951
  • Guggenheim Fellow 1959
  • Vice-President, International Association Pure and Applied Limnology 1962
  • President American Fisheries Society 1966
  • President American Institute Fishery Research Biologists 1972


  • Founding Member 1961
  • Councillor 1961-1965
  • President 1966-1967
  • Honorary Member 1974
  • Fry Medal established 1974


  • Medal of the British Empire 1944
  • Fellow Royal Society of Canada 1948
  • Wildlife Society of America, best publication in fisheries biology 1950
  • Flavelle Medal 1962
  • Canadian Centennial Medal 1968
  • Commissioner, International Great Lakes Fishery Commission 1969
  • DSc University of Manitoba 1970
  • American Fisheries Society Medal 1971
  • DSc University of Toronto 1989


  • • Anon. 1989. F. E. J. Fry - An Obituary. CSZ Bull. 20(4): 22-23


  • 2017 - Céline Audet, Université du Québec à Rimouski. Ecophysiology, a unique and exciting—but challenging—way to study adaptations of fishes to their environment.
  • 2016 - Brock Fenton, University of Western Ontario. The endless allure of bats.
  • 2015 - Patricia Wright, University of Guleph. Living on the edge - The physiology of amphibious fish in and out of water.
  • 2014 - Glen Van Der Kraak, University of Guelph. The sex lives of fish: Science, policy and beyond.
  • 2013 - Miodrag Belosevic, University of Alberta. Life is PIE.
  • 2012 - Steve Perry, University of Ottawa. Reelin' in the Years: A Retrospective Look at Fish Ionic Regulation.
  • 2011 - Kenneth Storey, Carleton University. Exploring biochemical adaptations: synthetic intuition on a family farm.
  • 2010 - Joseph S. Nelson, University of Alberta. From Kokanee to Suckers to Sticklebacks to classifying the world of fishes.
  • 2009- Anthony Farrell, University of British Columbia
  • 2008 - Jeremy Mc Neil, University of Western Ontario
  • 2007 - Nancy M. Sherwood, University of Victoria. The evolution of brain hormones that control reproduction: Genomics to the rescue.
  • 2006 - Richard E. Peter, University of Alberta. Neuroendocrine control systems in the goldfish.
  • 2005 - John Youson, University of Toronto, Scarborough. A life of research with fishes of ancient lineage.
  • 2004 - Thomas W. Moon, University of Ottawa. Fish metabolism: the good, the bad and the ugly.
  • 2003 - William K. Milsom, University of British Columbia. Adaptive trends in respiratory control: A comparative perspective.
  • 2002 - Robert G. Boutilier , Cambridge University. Mechanisms of cell survival in hypoxia and hypothermia.
  • 2001 - F.W.H. Beamish, Burapha University. Axioms and anecdotes of a zoologist.
  • 2000 - John Philips, University of British Columbia. Pumps, Peptides and Pests.
  • 1999 - Chris M. Wood, McMaster University. Physiology of The Lake Magadi Tilapia, a fish adapted to one of the most extreme aquatic environments on Earth.
  • 1998 - Geoffrey J. Eales, University of Manitoba. Thyroxine - hormone or vitamin?
  • 1997 - Harold Atwood, Toronto. Adaptation in the nervous system.
  • 1996 - Charles Krebs, University of British Columbia. Vertebrate community dynamics in the Yukon boreal forest.
  • 1995 - Peter Hochachka, University of British Columbia. Regulated metabolic suppression in surviving oxygen lack: a conceptual mirror to Fry's "scope for activity".
  • 1994 - Brian Hall, Dalhousie University. Development and evolution of the vertebrate skeleton.
  • 1993 - David Randall, University of British Columbia. Fish gas transfer: conflicts and compromise in design.
  • 1992 - Dave R. Jones, University of British Columbia. Cardiovascular dynamics of the alligator.
  • 1991 - Roger Downer, University of Waterloo. Exciting insects and other biological diversions.
  • 1990 - William C. Leggett, McGill University. Understanding variations in fish distribution and abundance; is the answer blowing in the wind?
  • 1989 - G.O. Mackie, University of Victoria. Aggregates or integrates? Aspects of communication in animal communities.
  • 1988 - Denis Chitty, University of British Columbia. Beautiful hypotheses and ugly facts.
  • 1987 - K. G. Davey, York University. Blood, guts, sex and affairs of the heart in insects.
  • 1986 - D. R. Idler, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Fish hormones: my personal experiences.
  • 1985 - J. R Brett, Pacific Biological Station. Production energetics of a population of sockeye salmon, Onchorhynchus nerka.
  • 1984 - No award.
  • 1983 - W. E. Ricker, Pacific Biological Station. How to draw a straight line.
  • 1982 - F. J. Rigler, University of Toronto. (No lecture given because of illness.)
  • 1981 - K. Ronald, University of Guelph. Life and death of a seal. Published in Science 215:928-933,1982, in collaboration with J.L. Dougan under the title "The ice lover: biology of the harp seal (Phoca groenlandica)."
  • 1980 - D. M. Ross. University of Alberta. Illusion and reality in comparative physiology. Published in Can. J. Zool. 59:2151-2158, 1981.
  • 1979 - M. J. Dunbar, McGill Univrsity. The blunting of Occam's razor, or to hell with parsimony. Published in Can. J. Zool. 58:123-128, 1980.
  • 1978 - P. A. Larkin, University of British Columbia. Maybe you can't get there from here: A foreshortened history of research in relation to management of Pacific salmon. Published in J. Fish Res. Board Can. 36:98-106, 1979.
  • 1977 - H. I. Battle, University of Western Ontario. A saga of zoology in Canada.
  • 1976 - I. McTaggart-Cowan, University of British Columbia. The sociology of carnivores related to their use of resources.
  • 1975 - F. R Hayes, Dalhousie University. Quantitative and aesthetic factors in the definition of an ideal environment. Published in Can. J. Zool. 54:809-815, 1976.
  • 1974 - W. S. Hoar, University of British Columbia. Smolt transformation: evolution, behavior and physiology. Published in J. Fish. Res. Board Can. 33:1233-1252, 1976.