Nobel: A new chapter in Queen's history

Nobel: A new chapter in Queen's history

By Communications Staff

December 11, 2015


Art McDonald
Professor Emeritus Art McDonald is the co-winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics. (Photo by Michael Fergusson)

A new chapter in the history of Queen's University was written as Professor Emeritus Arthur McDonald traveled to Stockholm to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics. Here's a quick look at the events that took place throughout Nobel Week.

It was a week to remember for the Queen's community as Professor Emeritus Arthur McDonald (Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy) traveled to Stockholm to receive the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for his research on neutrinos at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory.

During his time in Sweden, Dr. McDonald, the inaugural chair of the Gordon and Patricia Gray Chair in Particle Astrophysics, participated in a number of official events throughout 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

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.  
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

Noble Lecture in Physics

Dr. McDonald delivered his Nobel lecture, “The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory: Observation of Flavour Change for Solar Neutrinos."

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 lecture

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.

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

See also, Queen's Gazette  Nobel update Dec 9

Dr McDonald and others at lunch

[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 on the stairs]
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 live-stream with the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy in Stirling Hall.

[Art McDonald shaking hands with the King of Sweden]
Dr. McDonald formally receives his Nobel Prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall. (Photo by Pi Frisk, Nobel Media)

a panel of speakers around a table
Dr. Art McDonald takes part in Nobel Minds.

Friday, December 11

Nobel Minds

Dr. McDonald took part in Nobel Minds a round-table discussion program with the 2015 Nobel Laureates, co-produced by SVT and BBC WN, and broadcast on Swedish TV and BBC.

Kirsty Duncan and Dr. McDonald at a table
Science Minister Kirsty Duncan and Art McDonald speak to Canadian media.

The program will air on Dec. 19 and Dec. 20.

Dr. McDonald and Science Minister Kirsty Duncan later participated in a conference call with Canadian media where they talked about the important role of science as well as winning the Nobel Award.

Principal Daniel Woolf had his Op-Ed Nobel win reflects Canada's potential for world-leading research published by the Hill Times.

Find previous 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 for Swedish radio. December 7, 2015, in Stockholm.
  3. Dr. Arthur B, McDonald's remarks at the Canadian Embassy in Sweden. December  8, 2015, in Stockholm.
  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. Congratulations Art McDonald (played at the Big Bang Send-off in Grant Hall)
  7. In conversation with Art McDonald -- The Nobel Prize and Canadian research excellence by Universities Canada/Universités Canada
  8. ​Professor Arthur B. McDonald Co-recipient, 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics

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