The FRQNT Relève étoile award is now named after Louis Berlinguet as a tribute to this great researcher and builder.
Louis Berlinguet was a professor of biochemistry and vice-dean of research in the Faculty of Medicine at Université Laval. Throughout his academic career, he supervised some 100 graduate students and penned the same number of scientific papers on amino acid synthesis, protein chemistry and biochemistry and cancer chemotherapy.
A visionary and builder, Louis Berlinguet contributed to the creation of the Université du Québec network in 1969 and served as the first chairman of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique from 1970 to 1976. He also left his mark as a scientific advisor to the governments of Québec and Canada, working to develop the policies that gave Québec and Canada strong global positions in science and technology.
Throughout his prolific career, Louis Berlinguet received the highest honours and numerous awards. He was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, an officer of the Ordre national du Québec and an Officer of the Order of Canada and was presented with the Prix Armand-Frappier and the very first Prix Jacques-Rousseau of the Acfas. He also received three honorary doctorates.