Canadian Association of Physicists ASSOCIATION CANADIENNE DES


2005 CAP Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Industrial and Applied Physics

will be awarded to

Dr. Anthony SpringThorpe

"The call from Professor Morrow, to tell me that I had been chosen to receive the 2005 CAP medal for outstanding achievement in Industrial and Applied Physics, came as a complete surprise. Now that I have recovered my composure, I feel deeply honoured to have been considered worthy of induction into the select group of Canadian scientists who have also received this award."

Dr. Kenneth StandingOttawa, March 28, 2005 - The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) is pleased to announce that the 2005 CAP Medal of Outstanding Achievement in Industrial and Applied Physics is being awarded to Dr. Anthony SpringThorpe of the National Research Council of Canada for his outstanding contributions as a researcher, a leader and as a visionary in the advancement of the field of applied solid state physics. Over the last three decades, Dr. Springthorpe has achieved an extensive record of scientific contributions with industries and universities, leading to significant economic benefits as well as advancing the knowledge in his field. He is an outstanding applied scientist who has had a major impact on optical communications technology in Canada and throughout the world.

Over the last three decades, Dr. SpringThorpe has made an outstanding contribution as a researcher, a leader and as a visionary to the advancement of the field of applied physics. Throughout his career he has maintained an exceptional level of excellence in every field to which he has contributed. During that time, he played many leadership roles as researcher and manager of the epitaxy group at Nortel and more recently at the National Research Council’s Institute for Microstructural Sciences, in fields ranging from materials science to optoelectronics. His impact has been felt not only by his colleagues but also by the national and international scientific communities, by helping define new research directions and opportunities.

His reputation in the growth of advanced III-V compound semiconductors using techniques such as Molecular Beam Epitaxy, Chemical Beam Epitaxy or Metal Organic Chemical Vapour Deposition is second to none in Canada and internationally. Through his scientific achievements and exceptional abilities as a researcher, Dr. SpringThorpe has made a sustained effort over his career in establishing direct collaborations with Canadian and international research groups in both university and government laboratories. It is those outstanding contributions to outreach activities at the international and national level that are being recognized with the CAP Medal for outstanding Achievement in Industrial and Applied Physics.

Congratulation Tony on your lifetime achievements!

The CAP Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Industrial and Applied Physics (formerly the Prize for Innovative Applied Physics of the CAP's Division of Industrial and Applied Physics) was established in 1991 and has been awarded biennially since. Dr. SpringThorpe will receive the 2005 Medal during the CAP's awards banquet to be held at the University of British Columbia on June 7th, 2005.

The Canadian Association of Physicists, founded in 1945, is a professional association representing over 1600 individual physicists and physics students in Canada, the U.S. and overseas, as well as a number of Corporate and Departmental Members. In addition to its learned activities, the CAP also undertakes a number of activities intended to encourage students to pursue a career in physics.

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