Born in Lethbridge on July 15, 1918, Brockhouse grew up on a farm and came to Vancouver in 1927 with his family. Unable to make ends meet, they lived in Chicago from 1935 to 1937, then returned to Vancouver where Brockhouse developed left-wing sympathies. He served in World War II and was discharged to Vancouver. He received his B.A. from the University of British Columbia in 1947, his M.A. (1948) and Ph.D (1950) from the University of Toronto (M.A., 1948; Ph.D., 1950) and worked as a researcher at the Atomic Energy of Canada's Chalk River Nuclear Laboratory from 1950 to 1962. He taught at McMaster University (1962-1984) until his retirement. He shared the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physics with American Clifford Shull for developing neutron scattering techniques for studying condensed matter. He died on October 13, 2003.

[BCBW 2004] "Nobel" "Physics"