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Dr. Myers Awarded CAP-TRIUMF Vogt Medal

27 April 2012

RMOn April 23, 2012, the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) announced that Dr. Robert Myers of the University of Waterloo and the Perimeter Institute would be awarded the CAP-TRIUMF Vogt Medal for Contributions to Subatomic Physics. Dr. Myers is receiving the Medal for his work on string theory and how it applies to the theories of quantum chromodynamics (QCD), black holes, and gravitation. Dr. Myers will formally receive the Medal on June 14th, 2012 at the 2012 CAP Congress, which will be held at the University of Calgary from June 11-15, 2012.

On being awarded the Medal, Myers said, "Canada has a long tradition of research in subatomic physics and continues to be home to a vigorous community of world-class researchers in this field. Hence I am very honoured and grateful to be selected from amongst my colleagues as the recipient of the 2012 CAP-TRIUMF Vogt Medal."

Robert Myers is an adjunct physics professor at the University of Waterloo and a researcher at the Perimeter Institute, of which he is a founding member. He has published over 100 papers and been cited 11,000 times, making him one of the most highly cited particle physicists in history. He has also made important discoveries and innovations in his field, such as the Myers Effect and the Myers-Perry metric. Dr. Myers has received numerous awards and honours, including being awarded the prestigious Herzberg Medal and being elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Reiner Kruecken, Head of TRIUMF’s Science Division said, of Myers being awarded the CAP-TRIUMF Vogt Medal, “Robert Myers is an internationally renowned theorist and has made seminal contributions to string theory. TRIUMF is very proud of the fact that his outstanding work related to subatomic physics is recognized with this years CAP-TRIUMF Vogt medal.”

The CAP-TRIUMF Vogt Medal for Contributions to Subatomic Physics is awarded to individuals that have made outstanding experimental or theoretical contributions to subatomic physics. This is the second year that the Medal has been awarded. The first CAP-TRIUMF Vogt Medal for Contributions to Subatomic Physics was awarded in 2011 to David Sinclair, for his contributions to the study of neutrino physics in the pioneering SNO experiment.  

--Written by Jordan Pitcher (Communications Assistant)

--Supplemental information courtesy of CAP