Nuclear Operations & Facilities hosts successful virtual radiological response exercise

On June 18th, 2021, McMaster University conducted a Type B drill to test McMaster Nuclear Reactor staff and Health Physics staff on their emergency response to a fire in a radiological area.

Bertram N. Brockhouse

Bertram Neville Brockhouse (1918-2003) was a famed Canadian physicist and a professor at McMaster University, where he advanced his work on neutron scattering.

Dr. Harry Thode

Henry George "Harry" Thode (1910-1997) was a Canadian nuclear chemist and President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University from 1961-1972.

New partnership focuses on life cycle management of Ontario’s power reactors

Building the McMaster Nuclear Reactor

The McMaster Nuclear Reactor (MNR) first became operational in 1959 and was the first university-based research reactor in the British Commonwealth. The construction took place between 1957-1959, and was well documented through a series of photographs. Take a look at the rich history of the McMaster Nuclear Reactor, and what it takes to make a research reactor!

Supplying the Globe with Medical Isotopes

In 2017, Nuclear Operations & Facilities responded to increased global demand for the essential medical isotope Iodine-125.

Health Physics Department

The Health Physics Department is responsible for implementing McMaster University's Radiation Safety Program. They ensure the safety of those who work with ionizing radiation in the McMaster community through administrative controls, task-specific training, and continuous monitoring of facilities and personnel.