Willard Sterling Boyle, C.C.
Inventor / Inventeur
—Nobel Laureate (Physics, 2009) / Lauréat du prix Nobel (Physique, 2009) —
Bill was from Wallace, where his grandfather worked in the quarry and kept the lighthouse. His father was the village doctor until their move to the backwoods of northern Quebec. While there, Bill was home schooled by his mother until age 14, when he went to Lower Canada College in Montreal. He attended McGill University in Montreal, and after serving in WWII where he flew Spitfires, he returned to McGill to earn a PhD in Physics. He spent most of his career at the Bell Laboratories in the United States, where he worked on ideas ranging in scale from the sub-atomic to the cosmic. In 1969, he and George Smith invented the charge-coupled device. An image sensor, the CCD serves as the electronic eye of digital cameras. It is also a central component of scientific and medical devices such as astronomical telescopes and instruments used for surgery. This invention earned them a Nobel Prize in Physics in 2009. Bill had a life-long enthusiasm for both arts and science and was always "experimenting." He retired to Wallace with his wife, Betty, in 1979, where he died in 2011 at age 86.
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Location. 45° 48.749′ N, 63° 30.847′ W. Marker is in Wallace Bridge, Nova Scotia, in Cumberland County. Marker is on Sunrise Trail (Nova Scotia Route 6) just east of Kerrs Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13277 Nova Scotia 6 (Newcomb-Boyle Park), Wallace Bridge, Nova Scotia B0K 1H0, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Simon Newcomb (a few steps from this marker); Saint Matthew's Presbyterian Church (approx. 3.2 kilometers away); St. John's United Church Cemetery (approx. 3.4 kilometers away); War Memorial (approx. 3.5 kilometers away); Pugwash Railway Station (approx. 12.1 kilometers away); Pugwash Train Station 1961 (approx. 12.1 kilometers away); Evolution of Pugwash Industry (approx. 12.2 kilometers away); World Wars Memorial (approx. 12.3 kilometers away).
Also see . . .
1. Willard Sterling Boyle Bio. (Submitted on September 8, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Willard S. Boyle Bio. (Submitted on September 8, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The masters of light. (Submitted on September 8, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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