About Marc

Contact Marc Leger by email: atomsandnumbers@gmail.com

I am a scientist who has always been curious and fascinated by how our universe works.  I love uncovering the mysteries and surprises of our World.  I want to share this passion with others, and make science accessible to anyone willing to open their minds.

Many people have appreciated my ability to explain complex scientific ideas in simple terms, and this is the motivation behind my website, Atoms and Numbers.  I taught chemistry in universities for several years, and I participated in the Scientists in the Schools program as a graduate student at Dalhousie University, presenting chemistry magic shows to children and teenagers from kindergarten to grade 12.  I’ve also given presentations on chemistry and forensics to high school students.  I’m even acknowledged in a cookbook, providing some morsels of information about food chemistry.

Brief biography

I was born and raised in Moncton, New Brunswick.  Growing up, I already had an interest in science, and I loved mathematics and statistics – I was (and I still am) enthralled by numbers in the sports section and the business section of the newspaper.  I attended French schools, and earned my Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Université de Moncton. While in university, I worked for TVNB as a bilingual sportscaster, broadcasting provincial events such as high school basketball and football championships, and provincial curling championships.

Even as I worked towards my chemistry degree, I always kept my interest in statistics. I was fortunate to pursue graduate studies in chemometrics, which brought together my chemistry knowledge and my love of numbers.  I received my doctorate in chemistry from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  I joined the National University of Ireland-Galway as a postdoctoral fellow, working on a research project detecting illicit and dangerous materials in complex mixtures.  I returned to Canada to teach university chemistry, first at U de M, and then at Saint Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia; I taught courses in general, analytical and organic chemistry.  I have also been active in research, publishing 11 research papers and giving 29 presentations at international conferences, universities and companies.

My wife and I moved to Aurora, Ontario, in York Region (just north of Toronto) in 2010.  I founded Salthill Solutions, offering consulting and training serivices in chemometrics and statistics.  Atoms and Numbers was launched in 2011, and focuses on science communication.

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