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Arthur B. McDonald, a former physics professor at the University, was one of the two recipients of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics, the University announced on Tuesday.

He was awarded the prize for an experiment he began developing during his professorship at the University from 1982 to 1989.

McDonald led the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory that revealed that neutrinos oscillate, or change types known as "flavors," as they travel through space. He was awarded the prize for this experiment on Tuesday.

While at the University, McDonald shifted his research focus from studying nuclear reactions using the University’s cyclotron, a low-energy particle accelerator, to neutrinos and developing the SNO project.

McDonald is also a co-winner of the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Medal for Physics and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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