Arthur N. Bourns was a Professor Emeritus at McMaster University who also served as President of the University from 1972 to 1980. Bourns is best known for the significant research he conducted in the field of physical organic chemistry and the leadership he offered to both McMaster and the scientific community in Canada. His work led to the development of a national policy in support of basic and applied research. Bourns was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1982. He passed away in May 2015.