The CAP-COMP Peter Kirkby Memorial Medal recognizes outstanding service to Canadian physics. The medal is intended to recognize service to the physics community by strengthening the Canadian physics community, by enhancing the profession of physical scientists, by effectively communicating physics to the non-scientific community, or by making physics more attractive as a career. It is intended to provide a lasting memorial to Peter Kirkby and to recognize in others the qualities for which he is remembered best: a vision of a strong Canadian physics community, dedicated efforts to support that vision and, in all things, fairness, and honesty.
The Peter Kirkby Memorial Medal was introduced in 1996 and is awarded biennially.
Gordon Drake, University of Windsor,
for the key role he played in preparing the case to NSERC for increased funding for physics in the 1990's, for his untiring promotion of Canadian physics through his participation or leadership in numerous international and Canadian physics organizations and committees, and for his effective communication of physics to the non-scientific community..
David Chettle, McMaster University,
for his dedicated service to the Canadian physics community which has strengthened and raised the profile of physics as a profession. He has enthusiastically mentored a generation of medical, health and radiation physics students and has made physics an attractive career option for many. His development, maintenance and expansion of vital multi-disciplinary programs and infrastructure raised the profile of Canadian physics internationally; he played a key role in the DMBP; and his leadership has led to active participation by many in the physics community.
Ervin Podgorsak, McGill University Health Centre,
for his outstanding service to Canadian Physics reflected, in particular, by his leadership in developing and enhancing the Medical Physics profession at the national and international level. Known for his kindness and hospitality, he has served his community with wisdom, enthusiasm and integrity.
At the recommendation of the Selection Committee for the CAP-COMP Kirkby Medal, it was decided that the Kirkby medal cycle will be shifted forward by a year such that the next medal will be awarded in 2011 and every two years thereafter.
Peter Calamai, The Toronto Star,
for his exemplary communication of science to the public, for his dedication to the promotion of science through the media, and for his advocacy for science in Canada.