Honourary Doctor of Science - Spring 2010
As a professor and scientist at the University of Saskatchewan, and now at the Jefferson National Laboratory in Newport News, Virginia, Dennis Skopik has made major contributions to the science of nuclear physics. Of particular significance, Skopik’s work at the University of Saskatchewan led to the establishment of the Canadian Light Source synchrotron on the campus.
Skopik came to the U of S Department of Physics in 1970, becoming a full professor in 1979 at the age of 37. He later became the director of the Saskatchewan Accelerator Laboratory and served in that capacity until 1999.
His peers elected him as a Fellow of the American Physics Society in recognition of his contributions to nuclear physics. His advice is widely sought by numerous physics laboratories and organizations throughout the world.