Bertram N. Brockhouse, Nobel Prize laureate
• Brockhouse was born in 1918 in Lethbridge, Alta. and moved to Vancouver at the age of eight. He described himself in his early twenties as "profoundly anti-totalitarian" and joined the military early in the Second World War. In return, his education was paid for by the Department of Veterans' Affairs and he studied physics and mathematics at the University of British Columbia. He went on to earn his master's degree and PhD at the University of Toronto.
• The work for which he was later recognized began in the 1950s in Atomic Energy of Canada's Chalk River Nuclear Laboratory. He went on to become a professor at McMaster University in Hamilton from 1962 until he retired in 1984.
• In 1999 the Canadian Association of Physicists and the Division of Condensed Matter and Materials Physics created the Brockhouse Medal. It is awarded to recognize and encourage outstanding experimental or theoretical contributions to condensed matter and materials physics.
• In his first press conference after receiving the big news, Brockhouse modestly said, "What we did is just add some more information, some more insight, into what this world, this physical world, is."
Guest(s): Bertram Brockhouse, Malcolm Collins, Eric Svensson
Reporter: Eve Savory
Last updated: February 8, 2012
Page consulted on August 21, 2012
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