Nobel: A new chapter in Queen's history
December 11, 2015
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
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
Tuesday, December 8
Noble Lecture in Physics
Dr. McDonald delivered his Nobel lecture, “The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory: Observation of Flavour Change for Solar Neutrinos."
- Dr. McDonald's 2015 Nobel Lecture in Physics - slides (PDF 9.2 MB)
- Dr. McDonald's 2015 Nobel Lecture in Physics - slides (PPT 7.2 MB)
Dr. McDonald also attended a special reception in his honour hosted by Kenneth Macartney, Canada's Ambassador to Sweden.
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
Thursday, December 10
Nobel Prize 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.
Friday, December 11
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.
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.
Nobel Prize in Physics videos:
- 2015 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony
- Dr. Art McDonald with Mats Sundin – an interview with Lena Nordlund for Swedish radio. December 7, 2015, in Stockholm.
- Dr. Arthur B, McDonald's remarks at the Canadian Embassy in Sweden. December 8, 2015, in Stockholm.
- A welcome to Dr. Art McDonald by Ambassador Ken Macartney. December 8, 2015, in Stockholm.
- 2015 Nobel Lectures in Physics. December 8, 2015, in Stockholm.
- Congratulations Art McDonald (played at the Big Bang Send-off in Grant Hall)
- In conversation with Art McDonald -- The Nobel Prize and Canadian research excellence by Universities Canada/Universités Canada
- Professor Arthur B. McDonald Co-recipient, 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics
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