2015 Medal Winners | francais

The 2015 CAP-TRIUMF Vogt Medal for Contributions to Subatomic Physics

is awarded to

Pierre Savard

"It is a great honour to receive this award which I would like to share with the ATLAS Canada researchers whose central contributions to the design and the construction of the experiment, and to the analysis of the data, helped make the discovery of the Higgs boson possible." winner citation

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) and TRIUMF are pleased to announce that the 2015 CAP-TRIUMF Vogt Medal for Contributions to Subatomic Physics is awarded to Pierre Savard, University of Toronto/ TRIUMF, in recognition of for his contributions to particle physics and in particular for his leadership of the Higgs -> WW analysis, which was an important ingredient in establishing that the discovered particle was, in fact, the Higgs boson. announcement

Pierre Savard is one of the leading particle physicists in the world, immensely respected for his deep insight into the physics of particle collisions and of the sophisticated detectors used to ‘see’ the collisions. In particle physics experiments, beams of particles collide at very high energies to probe the forces and symmetries that operate at sub-atomic scales. Modern efforts are very complex and sophisticated – over 10,000 scientists and engineers were involved in the construction and operation of the greatest accelerator project to date – the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, in Geneva. Analysis of the data produced by these experiments is also a very complex task, carried out by teams of scientists. In his career, Professor Savard has held leadership positions in two of the most important particle physics experiments, the CDF experiment at the Fermilab Tevatron Collider and ATLAS, one of the two experiments at the LHC. His contributions to CDF include precision measurements of the properties of the top quark and searches for exotic new particles. He was co-convenor – one of two leaders – of two important analysis teams for the ATLAS experiment: the so-called “exotics” group which searches for new physics beyond the standard model of particle physics, and the "Higgs boson" physics group. Professor Savard played a key role in the recent discovery of the Higgs boson, personally leading the effort to analyze one of three predicted decay modes of this heavy particle. Savard was one of six people on the ATLAS collaboration who prepared the drafts of the Higgs boson discovery paper, and in the following year he led the analysis team that showed that the Higgs boson is a spin-zero particle, paving the way for the 2013 Nobel Prize for Higgs and Englert. nominator citation

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