Honorary Degree Recipient Dr. Arthur McDonald wins Nobel Prize in Physics

Congratulations to Dr. Arthur McDonald, co-winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on tiny particles called neutrinos, specifically the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass.

Dr. McDonald is a native of Sydney, NS. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Cape Breton University in 1999. Inspired by his teachers at Sydney Academy to pursue a career in Science, Dr. McDonald went on to receive both a Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree and Master of Science degree from Dalhousie University. He then attended The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, where he earned a Ph.D. degree in Nuclear Physics.

Currently a professor emeritus at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and the director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory in northern Ontario, Dr. McDonald has authored more than 120 scientific papers and is the recipient of  numerous prestigious awards including the Rutherford Memorial Fellowship  at Chalk River Laboratories and a Killam Fellowship. He has served as an advisor to numerous scientific agencies, is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Royal Society of Canada and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.