Other Golden Achievements

If there is an award given out, chances are the top prize will be gold. From science, to food and drink, here are some other notable Nova Scotian winners.

Nobel Prize in Physics

The Nobel Prize in Physics is dedicated to "the person who shall have made the most important discovery or invention within the field of Physics".

Photograph of Willard S. Boyle.

Willard S. Boyle.

Photo courtesy of David Boyle

Nova Scotian physicist Willard S. Boyle was co-inventor of the charge-coupled device (CCD) in 1969 at Bell Labs, New Jersey. This microchip was inexpensive and small, making it ideal for many uses, especially in imaging. For example, the CCD allowed NASA to send clear pictures to Earth from space. Perhaps most significantly for society, it made digital photography possible.

Black and white photograph of Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith demonstrating their invention.

Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith present their invention.

Courtesy of Alcatel-Lucent.

Boyle and co-inventor George E. Smith won many awards and accolades. Together, they received the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physics. This international prize recognized the worldwide significance of their invention. Boyle and Smith present their invention in this 1978 video, available on Youtube.

Food & Drink

Award winning food and drink is nothing new to Nova Scotia.

Culinary World Cup

Photograph of award-winning chef Peter Dewar.

Chef Peter Dewar.

Photo courtesy of Peter Dewar

In 2010, Chef Instructor Peter Dewar from the Culinary Arts program at the Kingstec Campus of Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) was a member of Culinary Team competing at the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg.

Photograph of Canada’s 2010 Culinary Cup team.

Canada’s 2010 Culinary Team.

Photo courtesy of Peter Dewar

The team received a gold medal for the cold food competition and the hot competition.


Photograph of the award winning whisky, Glen Breton Rare.

Glen Breton Rare, Aged 10 years

Courtesy of Glenora Inn & Distillery

The award-winning Glenora Inn & Distillery, Cape Breton, is Canada’s only producer of single malt whisky. At the 2011 International Review of Spirits, held in Chicago, the Glenora Inn & Distillery won two gold medals - one for Glen Breton Rare Aged 10 Years and one for Battle of the Glen, Special Edition Glen Breton 15-Year Old. This Glen Breton Rare, Aged 10 years won gold with a score of 95 points, and was deemed "Exceptional".