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Near Pictou in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces (North America)
 

Willard Sterling Boyle, C.C.

Inventor / Inventeur

— Nobel Laureate (Physics, 2009) / Lauréat du prix Nobel (Physique, 2009) —

 
 
Willard Sterling Boyle, C.C. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 28, 2017
1. Willard Sterling Boyle, C.C. Marker
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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.

Bill est originaire de Wallace où son grand-père travaillait

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à la carrière et comme gardien du phare. Son père était médecin du village jusqu'à ce que la famille déménage dans les régions éloignées du nord du Québec. Durant cette période, et ce jusqu'à l'âge de 14 ans, Bill fait ses études à domicile sous la gouverne de sa mère et il déménage ensuite à Montréal où il étudie au Lower Canada College. Par après, toujours à Montréal, il s'inscrit à l'Université McGill et, après un service militaire comme pilote d'avions Spitfires durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, il retourne à McGill où il obtient un doctorat en physique. Il passe la majeure partie de sa carrière dans les laboratoires de l'entreprise Bell aux États-Unis où il œuvre à divers concepts scientifiques, depuis le subatomique jusqu'au cosmique. C'est en 1969 que lui et George Smith inventent le dispositif à couplage de charge (DCC). Ce capteur d'images sert d'œil électronique dans les appareils-photo numériques. Il joue également un rôle clef dans le matériel scientifique tel les télescopes astronomiques et les instruments chirurgicaux. Cette invention leur mérite le prix Nobel de physique en 2009. Toute sa vie, Bill aura été un adepte des arts et de la science, et aura été connu pour mener diverses « expériences ». Il prend sa retraite à Wallace en 1979, avec son épouse Betty. Il s'éteint en 2011, à l'âge de 86 ans.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space
Willard Sterling Boyle, C.C. Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 28, 2017
2. Willard Sterling Boyle, C.C. Monument
Industry & CommerceWar, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1969.
 
Location. 45° 48.749′ N, 63° 30.847′ W. Marker is near Pictou, Nova Scotia, in Cumberland County. Marker is on Sunrise Trail (Nova Scotia Route 6) just east of Kerrs Mill Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13277 Nova Scotia 6 (Newcomb-Boyle Park), Pictou NS B0K 1H0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
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); The Mary Crowley Monument (approx. 11.4 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).
 
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.)
 
Willard Sterling Boyle, C.C. Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 28, 2017
3. Willard Sterling Boyle, C.C. Monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 232 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 8, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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