Art McDonald

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

Director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory. Discovered that neutrinos have mass and that they can change from one type of neutrino to another.

"The research that we are doing is fascinating for the fact that it really bridges the entire universe. We are attempting to understand the most microscopic laws of physics that describe fundamental particles. And, in so doing, we try to understand the most detailed things about the universe, how it was created and evolved, in short the origins of the universe."

Birthdate
August 29, 1943

Birthplace
Syndney, Nova Scotia

Residence
Kingston, Ontario

Family Members
  • Wife, Janet, and four children, plus five grandchildren.

Personality
Kind, helpful, detailed.

Favorite Music
Classical or big band. One of his favourite pieces is Moonlight Sonata. "I like it best when my wife or daughter [both musicians] plays it for me personally."

Other Interests
Skiing, skating, ballroom dancing.

Title
Gordon and Patricia Gray Chair in Particle Astrophysics

Office
Queen's University

Status
Working

Degrees
  • B.Sc. Physics from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (1964)
  • M.Sc. Physics from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (1965)
  • PH.D. Physics from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California (1969)

Awards
  • Bonner Prize of the American Physical Society (2003)
  • Canadian Association of Physicists Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Physics (2003)
  • Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering (2003)
  • Sigma Xi Fund of Canada Award for Scientific Achievement (2004)
  • Bruno Pontecorvo Prize in Particle Physics (2005)
  • NSERC John C. Polanyi Award to the SNO team (2006)
  • Officer of the Order of Canada (2007)
  • Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics (2007)

Mentor

George Ewan: senior colleague in nuclear physics experiments in the 1970's and throughout the SNO project.


Last Updated
November 19, 2007

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