From Farmland Irrigation to Martian Exploration: 125 Years of Physics in Guelph

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“I believe the scientific farmer is going to be the farmer of the future. […] If farming is to be made a success in this country, it has to be done on a scientific basis.”
— J.B. Reynolds (1867-1948)

With that pronouncement in 1895, the Department of Physics was born at the newly-formed Ontario Agricultural College (est. 1874). Since then, the Department of Physics at the University of Guelph has grown to become one of the most respected in Canada. With a rich history of research and a strong commitment to innovation in teaching, Guelph Physics has come a long way since its agrarian roots. 

An exhibit honouring the Department's history and achievements in the community is being shown beginning March 23, 2021 through to October 31, 2021. With this display, Guelph Physics shares some of the artifacts from its early archives, including an assortment of the equipment used more than a century ago in the Department of Physics. A mock-up of the APXS (Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer) system from the Curiosity rover on Mars forms the backdrop for the early artifacts.

Please check the Guelph Civic Museum website for details or closures pertaining to COVID-19 before your visit.

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