Dr. Bertram Brockhouse (1918-2003) was a Canadian physicist who conducted pioneering research into neutron spectroscopy and neutron scattering techniques. Initially based at the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor in Chalk River, Ontario, Dr. Brockhouse moved to McMaster University in 1962, where he held a professorship in the Department in Physics until his retirement in 1982. During these years, Dr. Brockhouse continued to conduct original research, designing and building new spectrometers at MNR and supervising numerous graduate students. Dr. Brockhouse’s research achievements were recognized both nationally and internationally during his career as he was the recipient of several awards, most notably the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1994, which he shared with Clifford G. Shull. Dr. Brockhouse was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1982 and passed away in Hamilton, Ontario in 2003. His memory lives on today at McMaster University in the eponymous Brockhouse Way and in the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Science, an interdisciplinary research organization that co-ordinates materials-related research on campus, and in the recently renamed Brockhouse Way.
More on the unveiling of Brockhouse Way can be found here.
For more information on his Nobel Prize for the development of neutron spectroscopy, or to read Dr. Brockhouse’s Nobel Lecture and autobiography, please visit the official website of the Nobel Prize.