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Michel J.P. Gingras

Physique condensée de matière, cristaux, aimants, supraconducteurs, semi-conducteurs

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."

Date de naissance
4 octobre, 1961

Lieu de naissance
Ville de Québec, Québec

Puslinch, ON

Membres de famille
  • Spouse: Marina, teacher
  • Children: 2

Eccentric, exuberant, ernest, passionate about physics

Musique préférée
Vivaldi, or Musorski's pictures at an exhibition

D'autres intérêts
Working on his farm, kayaking, biking, hiking, skiing, canoeing


Université de Waterloo


  • BSC (Hons), Laval U, 1983
  • MSC (physique), Laval U, 1985
  • PhD (physique), université de Colombie britannique, 1990

  • E.W.R. Steacie Herzberg, 2003
  • Médaille de Herzberg (association canadienne des physiciens), 2001
  • Récompense pour l'excellence dans la recherche (université de 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.

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14 octobre, 2013


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