Michel J.P. Gingras

Condensed Matter Physics, crystals, magnets, superconductors, semiconductors

Elucidation of the physics of spin ices; theory of geometrically-frustrated magnetic materials and the spin ice ground state in pyrochlore magnets.

"I am honoured to have been awarded the 2001 Herzberg Medal. I have always enjoyed physics, but in most recent years it has become even more fun and exciting, thanks to my collaborators in Canada and abroad, postdocts and students whom I wish to acknowledge."

October 4, 1961

Québec City, Québec

Puslinch, ON

Family Members
  • Spouse: Marina, teacher
  • Children: 2

Eccentric, exuberant, ernest, passionate about physics

Favorite Music
Vivaldi, or Musorski's pictures at an exhibition

Other Interests
Working on his farm, kayaking, biking, hiking, skiing, canoeing


University of Waterloo


  • BSc (Hons), Laval U, 1983
  • MSc (Physics), Laval U, 1985
  • PhD (Physics), University of British Columbia, 1990

  • Killam Research Fellowship (The Canada Council for the Art), 2012
  • Brockhouse Medal (Canadian Association of Physicists), 2009
  • E.W.R. Steacie Herzberg, 2003
  • Herzberg Medal (Canadian Association of Physicists), 2001
  • Award for Excellence in Research (University of Waterloo), 2000
  • Premier Research Excellence Award (Province of Ontario), 1999
  • Cottrell Scholar Award (Research Corporation, Tucson, Ariz), 1999
  • Research Innovation Award (Research Corporation), 1997
  • Governor General's Gold medal for most outstanding UBC doctoral student, 1991


Sister Boucher, grade 11 math teacher: inspired him with a special set of problems. Gr 12 Biology teacher who inspired him to pursue studies in science. Zoltan Racz, visiting professor at UBC teaching statistical mechanics, who encouraged Gingras to be precise in what he was explaining, and to have zero tolerance for nonsense.

Last Updated
October 14, 2013


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