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Dr. Clarence Virtue

Interim Executive Director

Dr. Clarence Virtue is an experimental physicist who studied at Queens University and the University of British Columbia. His did his thesis work at the Queens Nuclear Physics laboratory and the TRIUMF laboratory where he designed, built, and operated detectors probing nuclear and particle physics properties. As a student he also worked at the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratory. His postdoctoral work was with the High Energy Physics section of the National Research Council of Canada. For five years he lived and worked in France helping to construct and later operate the OPAL detector at CERN’s Large Electron Positron collider (LEP). Opportunities with the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) attracted him back to Canada and to Sudbury in 1992. This led to a long involvement with the SNO experiment, its successor experiment, SNO+, and spinoffs with the Helium and Lead Observatory (HALO). Within the range of underground particle astrophysics experiments he has concentrated on the detection of supernova neutrinos and has been a collaborator in the SuperNova Early Warning System (SNEWS) since 2004.