- 1944-2002 (Creation)
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Kenneth G. McNeill, a graduate of Oxford University in 1950, came to the University of Toronto as an associate professor of Physics in 1957. In 1963 he was made a Professor of Physics and in 1969 he was cross appointed as Professor of Medicine. In 1993, upon his retirement he became Emeritus Professor of Physics. His area of expertise, on which he has published 7 books and over 200 articles, was in the field of nuclear physics, specifically photodisintegration and the application of nuclear physics to medicine.
During his lengthy career at the University, Prof. McNeill was instrumental in various projects relating to nuclear physics including the building and administration of the "Steel Room" (Series 3) and the operation of the LINAC (linear accelerator) laboratory (Series 6). He also chaired the University of Toronto Radiation Protection Authority from 1977-1986 (Series 7). Other administrative responsibilities include various positions on Governing Council and Trinity College.
Prof. McNeill also served as a private consultant to various firms as well as to various levels of government. Beginning in the 1970s his expertise was sought after by the Ontario government for which he sat on various advisory groups relating to nuclear emergency planning and for about a decade starting in the late 1980s he was Chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee of Emergency Planning Ontario while also sitting on various technical sub-committees.
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This fonds documents Professor Kenneth McNeill's research and publishing activities through professional correspondence (Series 1), drafts and typescript of articles, reviews, addresses, referee reports, research data and notes (Series 2 &3). Series 3, in particular, documents research undertaken in the Steel Room in the Department of Physics. Series 4, 5 and 6 document some of his administrative duties within the University and in particular Electron Linear Accelerator committee, and the Radiation Protection Authority. Lecture notes (Series 7) from courses taught both at the University of Glasgow (1952-1957) and at the University of Toronto (1958-1996) document his teaching responsibilities, while early course notes (Series 9) document his education at Oxford in the 1940s.
Prof. McNeill was also an active consultant outside the University, mainly for government but also for industry. Series 8 contains files relating to this consultancy work and in particular to his work on nuclear preparedness for Emergency Planning Ontario, a department within the Ontario Solicitor General’s office. Series 10 contains the collected material for a study on radon levels in Newfoundland mines that Prof. McNeill did for the Atomic Energy Board of Canada.
Accessions: B1994-0004, B2005-0004