Born in Bendzin, Poland, Marek and his mother escaped the war and moved to Canada, where he studied Engineering Physics at the University of Toronto. Graduating with honours, he received an Athlone Fellowship to study Nuclear Physics at Cambridge University, earning his PhD in 1956. After graduating, Laubitz returned to Canada to join the National Research Council and created a facility to measure thermal conductivity at high temperatures. In the early 1980s, Marek led a team to develop holographic security films for Canadian banknotes. With more than 150 scholarly publications under his belt, Laubitz’s research was crucial in the design of precision furnaces that provide for accurate compensation of radiative losses. Leading NRC towards the emerging field of nanotechnology, Laubitz was promoted to Director of the Division of Physics and installed the very first Molecular Beam Epitaxy machine in Canada. In 1991, he was selected as the Director General of the newly formed Steacie Institute of Molecular Sciences and was instrumental in creating an institute that gained high international prestige.
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