Nobel celebrations in Stockholm

Nobel celebrations in Stockholm

Follow Dr. Arthur B. McDonald as he accepts his Nobel Prize in Stockholm, Sweden, from December 7 through December 11. Find upcoming events and check back often for updates!

By Chris Moffatt Armes

December 4, 2015


[Art McDonald]
Dr. Art McDonald addressed well-wishers at his Big Bang Send-off on December 3 in Grant Hall. (Photo by Bernard Clark) See more photos...

The eyes of the Queen’s community are on Stockholm as Professor Emeritus Arthur McDonald receives the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for his research on neutrinos at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory.

While in Stockholm, Dr. McDonald, the inaugural chair of the Gordon and Patricia Gray Chair in Particle Astrophysics, will participate in a number of official events during Nobel Week, including the award ceremony

Watch the Nobel Prize Ceremony archive
from Thursday, December 10 at 10:30 a.m. (EST)

Monday, December 7

Press Conference 3:30 a.m. (EST)

Dr. McDonald and his fellow Nobel laureates took part in the Press conference with the Nobel Laureates in Physics and Chemistry and the Laureate in Economic Sciences 2015 from 3:30-5 a.m. EST.
Watch video of the press conference...

The Canadian Embassy also hosted a luncheon, where Dr. McDonald was interviewed alongside Mats Sundin, former Toronto Maple Leafs captain, for Swedish radio. Listen to the radio interview...

See also, Queen's Gazette  Nobel update: Dec 7

[at the press conference [Art McDonald with hockey jersey]
Dr. Art McDonald at the press conference with the Nobel Laureates; Dr. McDonald with his new team jersey!

Tuesday, December 8

Lecture at 3:00 a.m. (EST)

Dr. McDonald delivered his Nobel lecture, “The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory: Observation of Flavour Change for Solar Neutrinos,” from 3:00 to 4:20 am EST.

Viewers can watch the lecture here, or on or

[Dr McDonald at the podium]


Dr. McDonald also attended a special reception in his honour hosted by Kenneth Macartney, Canada's Ambassador to Sweden.

[collage of reception photos]

Pictured (right): Dr. Art McDonald, hockey great Börje Salming, Ambassador Kenneth Macartney, Principal Daniel Woolf

See also, Queen's Gazette  Nobel update: Dec. 8 – McDonald delivers Nobel lecture8

Wednesday, December 9

Luncheon and visit to Norra Real High School

Queen’s celebrated Dr. McDonald’s remarkable accomplishments at a luncheon.

Earlier in the day, he attended a meeting that included his co-recipient, Takaaki Kajita of Japan, to prepare for the taping of Nobel Minds on Friday.

Dr. McDonald also visited Norra Real High School, the oldest upper-secondary school in Stockholm.

See also, Queen's Gazette  Nobel update Dec 9

[at Norra real high school]

Thursday, December 10

Nobel Prize Ceremony

Watch the Nobel Prize Ceremony archive or find it on Queen's 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics Playlist

[Art and Janet McDonald]
Art and Janet McDonald, before the ceremony

Dr. McDonald and his fellow Nobel laureates formally received their Nobel Prizes from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall.

Following the ceremony, the Nobel banquet was held in the Blue Hall at the Stockholm City Hall. Among the approximately 1,300 guests who attended the banquet are members of the SNO Collaboration and the Swedish Royal Family.

The Queen's community gathered to watch the ceremony in Stirling Hall! The Office of the Vice-Principal (Research) hosted a special celebration and viewing party (of the ceremony livetream) with the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy in Stirling Hall.

[Art McDonald receives Nobel Prize]
Dr. McDonald formally received his Nobel Prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall


Friday, December 11

Nobel Minds

Nobel Minds is a a round-table discussion program with the current year's Nobel Laureates, co-produced by SVT and BBC WN, and broadcast on Swedish TV and BBC.

Find archived programs...

Nobel Prize in Physics videos: See also: Queen's 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics Playlist

  1. 2015 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony
  2. Dr. Art McDonald with Mats Sundin – an interview with Lena Nordlund fro Swedish radio. December 7, 2015, in Stockholm.
  3. Dr. Arthur B. McDonald's remarks at the Canadian Embassy in Sweden.
  4. A welcome to Dr. Art McDonald by Ambassador Ken Macartney. December 8, 2015, in Stockholm.
  5. 2015 Nobel Lectures in Physics. December 8, 2015, in Stockholm.
  6. Arthur McDonald: The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory: Observation of flavor change for solar neutrinos
  7. Arthur B. McDonald - Banquet Speech: ""Behind every success there is effort... passion... a courage to try."
  8. Congratulations Art McDonald (played at the Big Bang Send-off in Grant Hall)
  9. In conversation with Art McDonald -- The Nobel Prize and Canadian research excellence by Universities Canada/Universités Canada
  10. Professor Arthur B. McDonald Co-recipient, 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics

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