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A week of honours for Art McDonald

  • University of Toronto Chancellor Michael Wilson confers an honorary degree upon Arthur McDonald, the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics on Thursday, June 8.
    University of Toronto Chancellor Michael Wilson confers an honorary degree upon Arthur McDonald, the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics on Thursday, June 8. (Photo by Lisa Sakulensky)
  • Arthur McDonald receives an honorary degree from McGill University Chancellor Michael Meighen during the convocation ceremony on Monday, June 5 in Montreal.
    Arthur McDonald receives an honorary degree from McGill University Chancellor Michael Meighen during the convocation ceremony on Monday, June 5 in Montreal. (Photo provided by McGill University)
  • Arthur McDonald, third from left, stands with Rector Cam Yung, Principal Daniel Woolf, and Chancellor Jim Leech after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
    Arthur McDonald, third from left, stands with Rector Cam Yung, Principal Daniel Woolf, and Chancellor Jim Leech after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's. (Photo by Bernard Clark)

It has been a busy week for Professor Emeritus Arthur McDonald, as the Nobel Laureate received three honorary degrees.

Beginning on Monday, June 5 Dr. McDonald traveled to Montreal to receive an honorary degree from McGill University. He then returned home to Queen’s where he was honoured on Wednesday, June 7 at Grant Hall. Then on Thursday, June 8 Dr. McDonald was conferred a third degree from the University of Toronto.

A faculty member of the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy, Dr. McDonald shared the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for his longtime research and groundbreaking findings into neutrinos – sub-atomic particles considered the basic building blocks of the universe.

Dr. McDonald arrived at Queen’s in 1989 and was the inaugural Gordon and Patricia Gray Chair in Particle Astrophysics. He also was the co-recipient of the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics and the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

He continues research on neutrinos and dark matter at the SNOLAB underground laboratory near Sudbury and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics.