Alan William (Bill) Boyd


    Alan William (Bill) Boyd

Dr. Alan William (Bill) Boyd,  was born in Calgary on May 25, 1924 and died December 9, 2015 in Fontainebleau, France at the age of 91. He grew up in Vancouver, B.C., and was educated at the University of British Columbia (1945 MSc.) and the University of California, Berkeley (1949 PhD.). During a distinguished career in radiation chemistry, he collaborated on countless scientific papers, and was a leader on Radiation Dosimetry. Bill worked as a senior physical research chemist at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited in Chalk River, Ontario; (1951 – 1980) With sabbaticals at Harwell Laboratory in Abingdon, England (1958-59); and CEA Saclay near Paris(1974-75), France. After retiring from AECL he worked for the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria (1980-85). In recognition of his achievements in chemistry, he was made a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada (FCIC). He retired in France in 1985 but continued working for many years as a translator specializing in scientific documents.

He is survived by; his wife, Rose Boyd, of Fontainebleau, France, his two brothers, Ian Boyd and Tom Boyd; his four children; Neil Boyd (Isabel Otter) of Bowen Island, B.C.; Margaret Boyd of Guelph, ON; Colin Boyd (Barbara McGeough) of Vancouver, B.C.; Kirstin Brown of Edmonton, AB,  seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His first wife, Betty Boyd, and a brother, Bruce Boyd, predeceased him. A memorial service will be held at a future date. Contact boydcoinc@gmail.com