Professor Emeritus, Adjunct Professor

Professor Emeritus, School of Optometry & Vision Science, University of WaterlooDr. Murchison Callender
Adjunct Professor, School of Optometry & Vision Science, University of Waterloo
BSc (Concordia), OD (Waterloo), MSc (Waterloo), MPhil (Aston), 


Professor Murchison Callender received his B.Sc. (Biology) degree from (SGWU) Concordia University, Montreal, his O.D (Doctor of Optometry) and M.Sc. (Physiology) degrees from the University of Waterloo and M.Phil. (Vision Sciences) from the University of Aston, Birmingham, England. In 1968, he was appointed to the Faculty of Science, School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Waterloo. During his years at Waterloo he was promoted through the academic ranks to Full Professor. He also held several administrative positions, including the Director of the Contact Lens Clinic and Admissions officer.

He has been recognized for his research in the microbiology and physiology of the eye in contact lens wear as well as in the clinical applications of contact lenses, both by the vision science and ophthalmic fraternity. In recent years, he has been investigating the anatomical and biochemical mechanisms associated with the refractive changes in the developing eye using the chick as the experimental model. He has published numerous papers and has lectured on these topics internationally.

He has been a consultant to government agencies, major pharmaceutical and contact lens manufacturers in the areas of eye care products, material science and contact lenses designs.

Research interests

  • Corneal Physiology with Contact Lens Wear
  • Designs and Applications to Contact lens Wear
  • Refractive Plasticity of the Developing Eye

    Professional memberships

    Prof. Callender is a member of several professional and scientific societies:

    • Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry
    • International Association of Contact Lens Educators
    • International Society for Contact Lens Research (Charter Member 1980)
    • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
    • Canadian Association of Optometrists
    • Ontario Association of Optometrists
    • Trinidad and Tobago Optometrists Association

    Although now retired, he is still actively involved in research, clinical teaching and vision care programmes in the Caribbean.

    He is a registered Optometrist in Canada and Trinidad & Tobago.

    Awards and recognition

    Professor Callender has received several awards in recognition for his community work:

    • Foundation for International Self-Help (FISH) Jamaica Ltd.
    • Recognition for outstanding services in Eye Care to Jamaicans, especially the children
    • Canadian Friends – St. Thomas Health Care Organization (JA)
    • Honoured for 30 years of voluntary service in Vision Care in Jamaica.
    • Lions Club of Portmore (JA)
    • Recognition for services rendered at the Health Clinic at the Portmore Lions Civic Centre.

    He has been cited in community, national & international publications:

    • Trinidad & Tobago in Canada; Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Independence
    • Williams, D.P (2002): Who’s Who in Black Canada: Black success and Black excellence in Canada: a contemporary directory.
    • The Waterloo Region Record 
    • Share News Paper
    • The Jamaica Gleaner
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