Erich Vogt

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Erich Wolfgang Vogt
Born (1929-11-12)November 12, 1929
Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada
Died February 19, 2014(2014-02-19) (aged 84)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Fields Nuclear physics
Institutions University of British Columbia
Alma mater University of Manitoba
Princeton University
Notable awards Order of Canada
Order of British Columbia
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Erich Wolfgang Vogt, OC OBC FRSC (November 12, 1929 - February 19, 2014)[1] was a Canadian physicist.

Born in Steinbach, Manitoba, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1951 and a Master of Science degree in 1952 from the University of Manitoba. He received a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1955 under the direction of Eugene Wigner.

In 1965, he started teaching at the University of British Columbia. From 1975 to 1981, he was the Vice President (Faculty & Student Affairs). He retired in 1994, although he came back in 2001 to teach several 100 level physics courses. He is best known as one of the founders of TRIUMF, Canada's national laboratory of nuclear and particle physics, which utilizes a particle accelerator, located on the University of British Columbia. He was the director from 1981 to 1994.

In 1976, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for his "role in the creation the new multi-million dollar cyclotron at the University of British Columbia, which is a major achievement in Physics in Canada".[2] In 2006, he was awarded the Order of British Columbia. In 1970, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

He has received honorary degrees from the University of Manitoba, Queen’s University, University of Regina, Carleton University, Simon Fraser University, and University of British Columbia.

On December 4, 2009, he gave his final lecture at the UBC Hennings Building, room 201, to his class of Physics 107 students. This lecture was also attended by faculty members as well as former students.

He continued to work at TRIUMF.


  1. ^ "Obituary". 22 February 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Order of Canada citation

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