Luc Vinet was born in Montreal in 1953. He holds a doctorate (3rd cycle) from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie and a PhD from the Université de Montréal, both in theoretical physics. After two years as Research Associate at MIT, he was appointed in the early 1980’s as faculty member in the Physics Department at the Université de Montréal. He has held a number of visiting professorships at distinguished universities. He is a sought-after speaker and the author or co-author of ten books and more than one hundred scientific papers. A world-renowned theoretical physicist, his research areas include gauge field theories, supersymmetry, quantum algebras, integrable systems and combinatorics.
At the Université de Montréal, Dr. Vinet distinguished himself, among other things, as director of the Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM) – one of Canada’s national mathematical sciences institute – from 1993 to 1999, and as president of the Network for Computing and Mathematical Modeling (NCM2) from 1996 to 1999. In 1999, Luc Vinet joined McGill University as Provost.
In June 2005, Luc Vinet was appointed rector of the Université de Montréal, Québec's foremost teaching and research institution according to the number of students and of its teaching staff and to the volume of its research activities. Among the many initiatives he realized are the development of a new campus and science pavilion project at the Outremont rail yards acquired in 2006, the creation of the School of Public Health, the establishment of the Cité du Savoir in Laval and the founding of the International Forum of Public Universities.
Dr. Vinet sits or has sat on the boards of many organizations, including the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, the Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du uébec and Fulbright Canada. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, and was awarded the rank of Officer of the Ordre des Palmes académiques by the French government. The Québec government awarded him the Prix du Québec Armand-Frappier in recognition of his research career and his contribution to the creation and development of research institutions.