CAP Herzberg Medal

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Know a worthy candidate for this award? See below for nomination criteria and procedure. Ready to nominate? Click here to go to the medal nomination system. Any questions regarding the nomination process should be sent to

This medal is to recognize significant contributions in any field of research by a Canadian physicist who has successfully defended their doctoral thesis within the last 12 years, excluding an allowance of one year per child for parental leave and a two-year allowance to reflect the impact of COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021 will automatically be applied to eligible nominations.

The next medal will be awarded in 2023.

February 28th, 2023


2022 Winner

Daryl Haggard | McGill University

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Nomination Criteria                                        NOMINATION PROCEDURE

  • The nominator must be a member of the CAP.
  • The nominee must be a member in good standing of the CAP or a Council-approved Canadian professional science society (see list below) in order to be nominated.
  • The nominee must have spent the major part (i.e. more than one-half) of their working career in Canada or must have made a major contribution to physics after returning to a permanent position in Canada.
  • In the year of the award, the nominee must normally be within 12 years of his/her thesis defense. For example, the thesis defense must have occurred on or after January 1999 for the 2011 award.
    • More than 12 years are allowed to account for special circumstances, e.g., parental or medical leave. Proper documentation must be submitted.
    • A two-year allowance to reflect the impact of COVID-19 in 2020 will automatically be applied to eligible nominations.

Although the CAP’s nomination system currently has an English-only interface, nominations may be submitted in either English or French.  The CAP is committed to ensuring that applications submitted in either official language are treated equitably. Furthermore, the CAP commits to ensuring that those evaluating awards will have a thorough understanding of the impact of bias to take it into account while reviewing nominations.

Council-approved Canadian professional science society

The nominee must belong to one of the following societies to be eligible for the CAP Herzberg Medal:

  • Canadian Association of Physicists
  • Canadian Astronomical Society
  • Canadian Biophysical Society
  • Canadian Geophysical Union
  • Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
  • Canadian Organization for Medical Physicists
  • Canadian Society for Chemistry