Dr. Art McDonald Receives Order of Canada Award
April 21, 2008
Taken from the Queen's News Centre at http://qnc.queensu.ca: Physicist Art McDonald, director of the Queen’s-led Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) is one of 30 Canadians who was awarded Officer of the Order of Canada at last week's investiture ceremony in Ottawa. His appointment has been in effect since October 5, 2006. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada presided over the 102nd Order of Canada ceremony where she honoured two companions, 11 officers and 30 members. An eminent scientist and administrator, Dr. McDonald joined Queen’s in 1989 where he was instrumental in spearheading an international research project studying tiny particles emitted from the sun. At the SNO Lab – the world’s deepest underground laboratory and an international team of researchers found that neutrinos changed into different varieties on their way to earth. Hailed as one of the world’s top scientific breakthroughs in recent years, the finding has changed the laws of physics and provided remarkable insight into the structure of the universe. Last year, Dr. McDonald and the SNO team were awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics. The Medal honours scientists who have made groundbreaking discoveries about the nature of matter and the structure of the universe. Past winners include Albert Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell and Marie and Pierre Currie. In 2006, they were the first recipients of the $250,000 John C. Polanyi Award. The new award, to be presented annually by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), is named for the Canadian winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. In 2005, Dr. McDonald and his team won the prestigious Bruno Pontecorvo Prize, the world’s top award in particle physics.