Celebrated with Honour: Doug Bryman wins 2024 CAP-TRIUMF Vogt Medal

May 15, 2024

The Department of Physics and Astronomy proudly celebrates the outstanding achievement of Professor Doug Bryman, who has been honored with the prestigious 2024 CAP-TRIUMF Vogt Medal. This esteemed award recognizes Professor Bryman's remarkable contributions to subatomic physics at TRIUMF.

Established by the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) in conjunction with TRIUMF, the Vogt Medal pays homage to the legacy of Dr. Erich T. Vogt, a renown nuclear physicist, TRIUMF founder and director from 1981-1994. This award recognizes and encourages “outstanding experimental or theoretical contributions to subatomic physics” in Canada.

Professor Bryman's eminent 50-year career at TRIUMF has been marked by ground-breaking contributions that have significantly advanced the field of subatomic physics on both national and international scales. 

Described by a colleague as “one of the most productive and innovative scientists at TRIUMF and in Canada”, his life-long pursuit of new discoveries beyond the confines of the Standard Model has propelled demanding investigations into rare particle decays that have tested Standard Model predictions and developed technologies in detector development as well as experimental design. 

Through his leadership in cutting-edge experiments, Professor Bryman has pioneered developments in machine learning algorithms and innovative detector technologies such as the time projection chamber (TPC) and liquid noble gas detectors, setting a “gold standard” for particle physics experiments worldwide and earning a reputation for “delivering precise and reliable data”. Current research projects include the PIENU experiment at TRIUMF (soon to run at J-PARC in Japan), PIONEER at PSI in Switzerland, and the NA62 experiment at CERN. 

Now holding the prestigious J. B. Warren Chair and serving as faculty at UBC Department of Physics & Astronomy and as affiliate scientist at TRIUMF, Professor Bryman has accumulated numerous awards, patents and international recognition for his participation on international lab and agency advisory panels. 

In response to receiving the 2024 CAP-TRIUMF Vogt Medal, Professor Bryman humbly acknowledged the collaborative nature of experimental particle physics, expressing gratitude to his dedicated colleagues, postdoctoral researchers, students and technical professionals. As a past colleague of Erich Vogt’s, he has noted the profound honor of having his research recognized by the CAP TRIUMF Vogt Medal. 

Congratulations Doug on this well-deserved honour!