Brian Hayden

Brian Hayden elected to Royal Society of Canada

October 4, 2007

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Archeologist Brian Hayden is the latest SFU faculty member to be elected to the Royal Society of Canada, now the RSC: Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada.

"It was a great and unexpected honour," says Hayden, who was elected in July to the RSC, Canada’s highest body of eminent scientists and scholars. He will be officially confirmed in a gala ceremony Nov. 17, during the RSC’s annual general meeting in Edmonton.

Hayden’s fieldwork throughout the world explores and hypothesizes about the origins of agriculture, the function of religion, and the emergence of social inequality. Much of his research has centred around feasts and how they were used to create social and political networks in village societies.

"I gained 20 pounds," he quips, "and a lot of fascinating insights into why plants were domesticated and how people moved into powerful positions." Controversial and influential, his work has been widely published.

Thirty-one SFU scientists and scholars have been elected to the Society, which was founded in 1882 by the Governor General and incorporated by an act of Parliament, which granted its Royal Charter in 1883. For details on the other SFU recipients (not including Hayden), visit

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