Nobel Laureate Art McDonald gives the Colloquium on Dec. 4 in Ramsey Auditorium

Arthur McDonald

Nobel Laureate Arthur B. McDonald is visiting Fermilab and will give a colloquium on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium. Come and hear him talk about how deep underground experiments help address fundamental questions about neutrino properties and search for dark matter, which makes up 26% of our universe.

Art McDonald, along with scientist Takaaki Kajita, won the 2015 Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass. Kajita gave a colloquium in 2016 on their Nobel Prize-winning work.

McDonald is a Canadian physicist who studied in Canada and the U.S., receiving his Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology. He was a professor of physics at Princeton University from 1982–89 and returned to Canada in 1989 to join Queen’s University as a professor and to help establish Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, or SNOLAB, where his Nobel Prize-winning research was carried out. He served as its director for more than two decades starting in 1990. He has received numerous other honors, including the Benjamin Franklin Medal and Fundamental Breakthrough Prize. A new Arthur B. McDonald Institute for Astroparticle Physics Research was established in 2015 at Queen’s University in Kingston.

The colloquium is open to the public. Cookies and coffee will be served in Wilson Hall’s second-floor art gallery at 3:30 p.m. before the presentation, and afterward, a reception.

Pushpa Bhat is a senior scientist in the Particle Physics Division and the Directorate and a member of the Fermilab Colloquium Committee, which organizes the Colloquium series.