OCTOBER 19, 2009

Nobel Prize for Physics goes to a man that was homeschooled

The Nobel Prize Winners for 2009 were announced this past week. One of the winners of the Noble Prize for Physics was a man who was homeschooled in his younger years, Dr. Willard S. Boyle.

Dr. Boyle was raised in the logging community of Chaudiere (Canada), where his father was the resident doctor. His mother homeschooled him up through the 8th grade; after which he attended Lower Canada College in Montreal through graduation. He credits his success in the high school to his mother and for the books she chose for him to read. After high school, he continued on in his studies and received a BS, MS, and a PhD in Physics.

Dr. Boyle was awarded the 2009 Noble Prize in Physics, along with his college George E. Smith, for creating the charged couple device (CCD) which is an imaging semiconductor circuit. He has also worked on lasers and assisted NASA in determining where astronauts should land on the moon.

Dr. Boyle provides the following words of answers, “Know how to judge when to persevere and when to quit. If you’re going to do something, do it well. You don’t have to be better than everyone else, but you ought to do your personal best.”

To read more about this, go here: http://www.examiner.com/x-26328-Canada-Homeschooling-Examiner~y2009m10d16-Winner-of-2009-Nobel-Prize-Dr-Willard-S-Boyle-Homeschooled-by-Mother?cid=email-this-article#.

To find a list of all the Nobel Prize winners, check out this website: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/lists/2009.html.

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Written by: Susan Harris
Homeschool.com News Editor