Bertram N. Brockhouse

Curriculum Vitae

BERTRAM NEVILLE BROCKHOUSE: Born July 15, 1918 at Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Son of Israel Bertram and Mable Emily (Neville) Brockhouse
Educated: King George High School, Vancouver, B.C.
Served in the Royal Canadian Navy 1939-1945
B.A. 1947 (Mathematics and physics) University of British Columbia
M.A. 1948 and Ph.D. 1950 (Physics: Solid State) University of Toronto
Married to Doris Isobel Mary Miller 1948
Research Officer, Chalk River Laboratory, 1950-1959
Seconded for 10 months to Brookhaven National Laboratory 1953-54
Head, Neutron Physics Branch CRNL, 1960-1962
Member of Council, Canadian Association of Physicists, 1960-61
Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, 1962 Oliver S. Buckley Prize of the American Physical Society, 1962
Professor of Physics, McMaster University, 1962-1984
Duddell Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics, 1963
Fellow, Royal Society of London, 1965 Chairman, Department of Physics, McMaster University, 1967-70
Medal for Achievement in Physics, Canadian Association of Physics, 1967
Centennial Medal of Canada, 1967
Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, University of Waterloo, 1969
Member of Council, American Physical Society, 1969-1973
Sabbatical year (1970-71 – Guggenheim Fellowship – BNL, ORNL in USA, AERE Harwell, England)
Tory Medal of the Royal Society of Canada, 1973
Memberships in societies for History and Philosophy of Science Officer, The Order of Canada, 1982
Retired in 1984. Professor Emeritus of Physics, McMaster University
Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, McMaster University, 1984
Foreign Member, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, 1984
Honorary Foreign Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1990
Nobel Prize in Physics, 1994 (with C.G. Shull)
some 90 publications, mostly in neutron physics
six children, eight grandchildren.

From Les Prix Nobel. The Nobel Prizes 1994, Editor Tore Frängsmyr, [Nobel Foundation], Stockholm, 1995

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Bertram N. Brockhouse died on October 13, 2003.


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