David J. Lockwood

David J. Lockwood
Residence Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Citizenship Canadian New Zealand
Fields Condensed Matter Physics
Institutions University of Waterloo, National Research Council of Canada
Alma mater University of Canterbury, University of Edinburgh
Doctoral advisor Alister George McLellan
Known for Optical properties of semiconductor nanostructures
Notable awards Brockhouse Medal (2005)
Henry Marshall Tory Medal (2005)
CAP Lifetime Achievement in Physics Medal (2013)

David J. Lockwood is a Canadian physicist and Researcher Emeritus at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Editor of the journal Solid State Communications, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Association of Physicists. Dr Lockwood is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Physical Society, the Electrochemical Society, and the Institute of Physics.

Early life

Dr Lockwood was inspired to pursue physics at an early age by his Christchurch Boys' High School teacher, Henry (Swanny) Dyer.[1] He subsequently completed a B.Sc. (1964), M.Sc. (1966) and Ph.D. (1969) in Physics at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. His doctoral work, under Professor Alister McLellan, focused on Raman scattering from insulators.[2]

Academic career

Between 1970-71, Dr Lockwood undertook post-doctoral research at the University of Waterloo with Professor Donald Irish, where he investigated the vibrational spectroscopy of solvated cations.[3] He then spent six years as a research fellow at Edinburgh University, looking at the dynamical properties of structural phase transitions and antiferromagnets. These studies culminated in a DSc degree in physics from Edinburgh University (1978).[4]


In 1978, Dr Lockwood moved to Canada to work at the National Research Council (NRC), where his continued work on magnetic materials led to the publication of what would become a seminal book in the field, Light Scattering in Magnetic Solids, co-written with Michael Cottam.[5] He has since turned his attention to the optical properties of superlattices, semiconductor heterostructures, and nanostructures, publishing some 600 papers and 39 books, as well as registering six US patents.[6] Lockwood has edited numerous scientific volumes, notably the Nanostructure Science and Technology series, and served on the editorial boards of several journals, such as Low Temperature Physics, Physica E, and Physics in Canada. He's likewise organised international conferences and served on over 50 committees, including within NATO and IUPAP.[7] In 2016, Lockwood retired from the NRC.


2012 Symposium

Dr Lockwood has garnered signficant recognition for his work, including the Canadian Association of Physicists' (CAP) Brockhouse Medal[8] and the Royal Society of Canada's Tory Medal,[9] both awarded in 2005. In 2010 the Electrochemical Society granted him the Centennial Outstanding Achievement Award,[10] and in 2011 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Canadian Semiconductor Science and Technology Conference (CSST), "in recognition of over 40 years of outstanding contributions to the generation and dissemination of knowledge related to materials science as revealed by optical spectroscopy".[11] A Symposium in honour of David Lockwood was held at the Pacific Rim Meeting on Electrochemical and Solid State Science (PRIME 2012).[12] In February 2013, Dr Lockwood was granted the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, which recognised significant achievements by Canadians in honour of the Queen's Jubilee.[13] Also in 2013, Lockwood was awarded the CAP Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Physics, the highest honour that a Canadian physicist can receive.[14] In February 2015, Dr Lockwood was made a Fellow of the Institute of Physics of the UK (FIntP).[15] In July 2016, he was invested with the prestigious title of NRC Researcher Emeritus.


  1. "Cap Triumf Vogt Medal for Contributions to Subatomic Physics" (PDF). Cap.ca. Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  2. "David J. Lockwood's Ph.D. Supervisor Lineage" (PDF). Cap.ca. Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  3. "Donald E Irish - Publications". Academic Tree. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  4. "University of Edinburgh Journal" (PDF). Dev Ed. University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  5. "Light scattering in magnetic solids (Book, 1986)". WorldCat.org. 1999-02-22. Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  6. "Dr. David Lockwood" (PDF). Cap.ca. Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  7. "Dr. David Lockwood | Supporting Physics Research And Education In Canada". Cap.ca. Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  8. "Press Releases". Cap.ca. 2005-06-07. Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  9. "The Royal Society of Canada Salutes Excellence in Humanities and Sciences: Award Winners, 2005". Marketwire.com. Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  10. "Special Meeting Section" (PDF). Cap.ca. Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  11. "Dr. David Lockwood receives 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award | SUPPORTING PHYSICS RESEARCH AND EDUCATION IN CANADA". Cap.ca. Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  12. "Technical Program". Electrochem.org. Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  13. "Diamond Jubilee Medal". Gg.ca. Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  14. "CAP Medal Press Release - 2013 Achievement". Cap.ca. 2013-05-30. Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  15. "Keynotes". Icanm2015.iaemm.com. 2015-03-03. Retrieved 2015-03-27.
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