Established in 2006 by Patricia and Gordon Gray, the Gray Chair in Particle Astrophysics supports the work of Queen’s scientists at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, a subterranean laboratory that houses research exploring the nature of dark matter and subatomic particles in the former Vale Creighton Mine, on the outskirts of Sudbury, Ontario.
In 2015, Professor Emeritus Art McDonald, the first Gray Chair, was named a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics. Dr. McDonald’s scientific contributions have advanced our understanding of the universe, and also set the path for new directions in the study of physics and astronomy.
Current Gray Chair, Dr. Mark Chen is expanding on Dr. McDonald’s work through continuing exploration of subatomic neutrinos at SNO+, which builds on the accomplishments of the SNOLAB.
Gifts to the Gray Chair Fund help support innovative particle astrophysics research and discovery at Queen’s.