Joe Schwarcz is Director of the McGill University Office for Science and Society. He is well known for his informative and entertaining public lectures on topics ranging from the chemistry of love to the science of aging. Schwarcz has received numerous awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public and is the only non-American ever to win the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Grady-Stack Award for demystifying chemistry. He hosts "The Dr. Joe Show" on Montreal's CJAD and has appeared hundreds of times on The Discovery Channel, CTV, CBC, TV Ontario and Global Television.
He is also an amateur conjurer and often spices up his presentations with a little magic. Schwarcz also writes a newspaper column titled The Right Chemistry and has authored a number of books including bestsellers, "Radar," "Hula Hoops and Playful Pigs," "The Genie in the Bottle," "The Right Chemistry," "An Apple a Day," "Is That a Fact?" and "Monkeys, Myths, and Molecules." Schwarcz was awarded the 2010 Montreal Medal, the Canadian Chemical Institute’s premier prize recognizing lifetime contributions to chemistry in Canada. In 2015, he was named winner of the Balles Prize for critical thinking by the U.S.-based Committee for Skeptical Inquiry in recognition of his 2014 book, "Is That a Fact?"
His current book is "A Grain of Salt: The Science and Pseudoscience of What We Eat."