Professor Rowan Thomson, Department of Physics


In 2013, I was named the Canada Research Chair in Radiotherapy Physics at Carleton University; renewed in 2019. I was awarded the John Charles Polanyi Prize in Physics in 2011, and an Ontario Early Researcher Award in 2015. I was elected Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine in 2020.

Prior to joining the faculty at Carleton University in 2010, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Associate in the Carleton Laboratory for Radiotherapy Physics at Carleton University for three years. During my time as a postdoc, I was awarded the L'Oreal Canada/UNESCO Women in Science Postdoctoral Research Excellence Fellowship and the Ministry of Research and Innovation of Ontario Postdoctoral Fellowship.

I have a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Waterloo. I was resident at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics throughout my graduate studies which were in Theoretical High Energy Physics (Superstring Theory). I was awarded the University of Waterloo's Pearson Medal in recognition of creative research as presented in my Ph.D thesis titled "Holographic studies of thermal gauge theories with flavour". My undergraduate degree is a B.Sc. Double Honours in Mathematics and Physics from Carleton University.

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