Willard S. Boyle

Condensed Matter Physics, crystals, magnets, superconductors, semiconductors

Co-Inventor of the Charge Coupled Device for which he won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics

"Know how to judge when to persevere and when to quit. If you're going to do something, do it well. You don't have to be better than everyone else, but you ought to do your personal best."

August 19, 1924

Amherst, Nova Scotia

Wallace, Nova Scotia

Family Members
  • Mother: Bernice Dewar
  • Father: Ernest Boyle
  • Spouse: Betty, landscape artist and community gallery founder.
  • Children: Robert, Cynthia, David, Pamela

Adventurous, clever, curious

Other Interests
Sailing, skiing

Physicist; Retired former Executive Director of Research, Communications Sciences Division, Bell Labs in New Jersey

Communication Sciences Division, Bell Laboratories, New Jersey

  • BSc, McGill, 1947
  • MSc, McGill, 1948
  • PhD (Physics), McGill, 1950

  • The Ballantyne Medal of the Franklin Institute, 1973
  • Morris Lieberman Award of the IEEE, 1974
  • Progress Medal of The Photographic Society of America
  • Breakthrough Award by the Device Research Conference of the IEEE
  • Co-winner, C&C prize of the NEC Foundation, Tokyo, 1999
  • Edwin H. Land Medal, Optical Society of America, 2001
  • Canadian Science & Engineering Hall of Fame, 2005
  • Nobel Prize, Physics, 2009
  • Companion of the Order of Canada, 2010


Mother who homeschooled him till grade 9 Mr. Bailey, high-school teacher who taught confidence Lester Germer, Bell Labs supervisor for introduction to culture

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April 8, 2015


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