John Christopher Hardy General Physics, Subatomic Particles, Optics, Biophysics, Theoretical Physics

Studies in atomic energy and nuclear physics

The Story

Hardy is known for his high-precision studies using nuclei to probe one of the four fundamental forces of nature, the so-called "weak force." Physicists use what they call the "standard model" to describe this force. Working with his life-long collaborator Ian Towner at Queens University, Hardy has been testing the model with exacting experimental methods.

After graduating from McGill University, Hardy worked at the Oxford University (England) Nuclear Physics Laboratory; and then went to the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1970 he joined Atomic Energy Canada at Chalk River. In addition he had a sabbatical at CERN in Geneva. He was head of the Nuclear Physics Branch at Chalk River 1983-86. He became division director responsible for the Tandem Accelerator Superconducting Cyclotron (TASCC) faculty. After 27 years at the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories Hardy took a position as a professor of physics at Texas A&M University in 1997. His current research involves nuclear tests of the weak interaction via super-allowed beta decay as well as internal conversion with specific concentration on high-precision measurements. Past interests include exotic nuclei, atomic masses, delayed-particle decay and transfer reactions. He has published more than 250 papers in physics.

Sources: Canadian Who’s Who 1993, Texas A&M News Archives

The Person

July 10, 1941
Montréal, Québec
University Professor of Physics
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
  • BSc, McGill University, 1961
  • MSc, McGill University, 1963
  • PhD, McGill University, 1965
  • Canadian Association of Physicists Herzberg Medal, 1976
  • Royal Society of Canada Rutherford Medal, 1981
  • Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics, American Physical Society, 2006
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March 21, 2007

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