John Grace completed undergraduate studies in chemical engineering at the University of Western Ontario and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. From 1968-79 he was faculty member at McGill University, and then moved to the University of British Columbia where he served as Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering (1979-87), Dean of Graduate Studies (1990-96) and Acting Director of the Clean Energy Research Centre (2008-9).
He has more than 530 publications, mostly on fluidization, related fluid-particle systems and environmentally friendly energy processes. He has supervised ~100 graduate students as well as many post-doctoral fellows, visiting scholars and undergraduate theses. With his students and colleagues, he has worked on a wide range of research topics, both fundamental and applied, including hydrodynamics, heat transfer and mass transfer in fluidized beds, reactor modeling, scale-up, combustion and gasification, capture of CO2 and SO2, biomass processing, steam reforming, spouted beds and removal of particulates from gas streams. He has also served as a consultant, chaired international conferences, served on national committees and won a number of awards and honours. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Chemical Institute of Canada. He has held a Canada Research Chair since 2001, was the founding Director of UBC.s Fluidization Research Centre, and is a Theme Leader and a member of the Board of Directors of Carbon Management Canada, a National Centre of Excellence.