Bertram Neville Brockhouse

General Physics, Subatomic Particles, Optics, Biophysics, Theoretical Physics

Won the Nobel Prize in 1994 for designing the Triple-Axis Neutron Spectroscope and his use of it to investigate Condensed Matter

"Your mind is your most valuable survival organ. Learn to tune your mind like a radio, filtering out all the noise and other channels, focusing on one thing."

July 15, 1918

Lethbridge, Alberta

Date of Death
October 13, 2003

Place of Death
Hamilton, Ontario

Ancaster, Ontario

Family Members
  • Father: Israel Brockhouse
  • Mother: Mabel Emily Neville
  • Spouse: Doris Miller
  • Children: Anne, Gordon, Ian, James, Beth, and Charles
  • Grandchildren: 8

Modest, honest, absent minded, frugal, kind, opinionated

Favorite Music
Gilbert and Sullivan, Mikado, "A Wandering Minstrel I" or Yeoman of the Guard, "I Have A Song to Sing Oh"

Other Interests
Family, reading, bridge, and computers.


  • B.A. (Physics and Math, 1947) UBC
  • PhD (Physics, 1950) U of Toronto

  • Nobel Prize for Physics, 1994
  • Tory Medal (Royal Society of Canada)
  • Buckley Prize (American Physical Society)
  • Duddell Medal and Prize (British Institute of Physics and Physical Society)
  • Centennial Medal of Canada
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Canada
  • Companion, Order of Canada
  • Foreign member, Royal Swedish Academy
  • Fellow, Royal Society of London
  • Silver Jubilee Medal


Donald Hurst, his boss at the Chalk River Atomic Energy Project who supported him in his study of neutron beams.

Last Updated
January 11, 2013


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