Nobel laureate recognized with 'Brockhouse Way'

By Jayne Johnston, October 12, 2005
    Peter George and Doris Brockhouse (wife of Nobel Laureate Bertram Brockhouse) along with members of the Brockhouse family unveil the street sign for Brockhouse Way

McMaster University's 75th anniversary in Hamilton was celebrated today by the official renaming of the former University Avenue to 'Brockhouse Way.'

One of the greatest points in McMaster's history was celebrated on this date 11 years ago in 1994. Bertram Brockhouse became the pride of McMaster, Hamilton and indeed all of Canada when he was named the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics. His innovative work in neutron scattering forever changed the world of science and has since permitted tremendous growth and discoveries in the field.

The official unveiling of the Brockhouse Way street sign was conducted by president Peter George together with members of the Brockhouse family: Mrs. Doris Brockhouse; her son Gordon; her son Ian and his wife, Roberta; and grandson Nigel Knott who is currently following in his grandfather's footsteps with graduate studies in science.

Seventy-five years ago in October of 1930 McMaster University officially opened its doors in Hamilton. Today's event was part of the celebration of this milestone in McMaster's history.

"McMaster University will always honour Bertram Brockhouse and his incredible accomplishments that advanced science and raised McMaster's global profile," says president Peter George. "In many ways his work and dedication laid the groundwork for subsequent researchers, funding opportunities and academic successes that will continue to benefit the world around us for years to come. Bertram was indeed one of our brightest stars who helped make McMaster the outstanding place that it is, and he will not be forgotten."

Professor Brockhouse passed away Oct. 13, 2003.

In 2004, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) created the Brockhouse Canada Prize in tribute to the achievements and excellence of Bertram Brockhouse. The winners of this prestigious prize will deliver the first Annual Brockhouse Lecture tonight at 7 p.m. in Convocation Hall on the second floor of University Hall. All members of the McMaster community and the general public are invited to attend. Sanjeev John and Geoffrey Ozin, both from the University of Toronto, will share details of their innovative research in science.

The Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering will be given annually to a team of researchers who demonstrate the brilliance and vision that Brockhouse himself exemplified.