Jess H. Brewer

Institution: University of British Columbia
Department: Department of Physics & Astronomy
Appointment: Professor
Email Addresses: jess@jick.net
or jess@triumf.ca

Brief Biography:

Born in Orlando, Florida on January 6, 1946, I graduated from Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in 1963; in June 1967 I received my B.Sc. in Physics from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut; I completed an M.A. in Physics (in 1969) and a Ph.D. in High Energy Physics (in 1972) at the University of California, Berkeley. My thesis topic was muonium chemistry in liquids. I then held Post-Doctoral Fellowships at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, the University of Arizona (working at Berkeley) and in the Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia (working at the TRIUMF accelerator laboratory in Vancouver). From 1974-77, I worked as a Research Associate at TRIUMF. In 1977 I was appointed as an Assistant Professor in UBC's Physics Department; in 1982-83, I took a sabbatical year to work as a Visiting Scientist in Zurich and Tokyo. I joined the Superconductivity Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research in 1988.

I am married to Patricia Anne Sparkes and have two children, Jedidiah Daniel and Rebecca Claire.

Professional Profile:

Scientifically and professionally, I would characterize myself primarily as a developer of the methodology of (and facilities for) muon spin rotation/relaxation/resonance (µSR) and as a promoter of its wider use as a general-purpose tool of material science and chemistry. For more details on µSR, visit the µSR Home Page. For a more longwinded description of my research, click on this link.
Want to see something more informal? Check out my personal homepage.
* Thanks to Philip Hui for the photo!