John Polanyi Nobel Prize

December 10, 2011 by staff 

John Polanyi Nobel Prize, Carleton physicist Rowan Thomson, whose research has developed software that calculates doses for radiation therapy treatments for cancer patients, has been honoured with the 2011 Polanyi Prize for her valuable contribution to the field of physics.

The John C. Polanyi Award was created to recognize and support a university researcher or team of researchers whose work has led to a recent outstanding Canadian innovation or achievement.

“It is a tremendous honour,” said Thomson.

Thomson’s research explores the development of computational techniques and approaches to the interactions of radiation with matter.

“I was very excited. It was wonderful news,” she said.

Each year, up to five Polanyi Prizes are awarded to outstanding researchers in the early stages of their career who are planning to continue post-doctoral studies at an Ontario university. The $15,000 prizes are awarded in the fields of chemistry, literature, physics, physiology or medicine, and economics.

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