As part of the 2023 spring convocation ceremonies, Carleton University will bestow an honorary degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa on the remarkable David Sinclair in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of experimental sub-atomic physics and for his leading role as founding director of SNOLAB.

“Convocation is a highlight for the entire Carleton community and we are all so proud of all of this year’s graduates,” said Carleton’s Interim President and Vice-Chancellor Jerry Tomberlin. “Sinclair is the ideal candidate to honour on a day where we pay tribute to the personal and academic successes of our graduates and wish them success on their future adventures.”

Convocation ceremonies for the Class of 2023 will be on November 4, 2023. The honorary degree will be awarded during ceremony three, which begins at 3:30 p.m.

Full schedules and ceremony details are available at

Media are invited to attend. The ceremonies will be broadcast online via live streaming at

About David Sinclair

Sinclair did post-doctoral work at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen before becoming a university lecturer in the Department of Nuclear Physics at Oxford University and an Official Fellow of St. Anne’s College.

He returned to Canada to play a lead role as Deputy Director and Associate Director (Science) in the development of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Lab (SNOLAB), while working at Carleton.

Sinclair’s research has focused on studies of neutrinos, the most abundant particle with mass in the universe but the least understood.  Work at the SNOLAB showed, for the first time, that neutrinos have a non-zero mass and that they have unusual properties that may help to explain some of the cosmological mysteries surrounding the Big Bang. These results led to the awarding of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics. Following the completion of the SNOLAB, Sinclair directed the construction of a larger laboratory to study neutrinos and search for the elusive dark matter.

His work has been honoured with the inaugural Gold Medal for Research Achievement at Carleton, the NSERC Polanyi Award for Research, the Erich Vogt TRIUMF CAP Medal for Subatomic Physics, an honorary of Doctor of Science from Queen’s University and the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. Sinclair was named a Davidson Dunton Research lecturer, elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, named chancellor’s professor at Carleton and is an officer of the Order of Canada.

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