Robert John “Jack” Cornett (1954 – 2017)

Robert John “Jack” Cornett (1954 – 2017)

Robert John “Jack” Cornett lived and breathed science in all his endeavours. He loved to question, discover, and explore both in the sciences and the outdoors, appropriate for his professional interests in Environmental Chemistry. He took these same attributes to every activity in which he participated, and there were many of these in which he excelled – squash, tennis, kayaking and canoeing, skiing both cross-country and downhill!

With a Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry from McGill University (Montreal), in 1982, Jack joined the Environmental Research Group at the Chalk River Laboratories of Atomic Energy of Canada. By the early 1990s, he was collaborating with the physicists at the MP tandem there on the AMS analysis of 36Cl and 129I. In 1999, Jack moved to Ottawa to take the position of Director of the Radiation Protection Bureau at Health Canada, applying his radiochemical knowledge to many issues of public health and security.  During this time as an Adjunct Professor at the Trent University School of the Environment (Peterborough, Canada), Jack began training students in radiochemical techniques and through his involvement with the Centre for Security Science, Jack championed several projects that advanced the technology and applications of AMS.

After two years as Director General of the Atlantic Science Laboratory of Defence Research and Development, Jack returned to Ottawa as a professor and Tier One Canada Research Chair at the University of Ottawa. There he supervised many graduate students, initiated many programs and served as the Scientific Chair for the organization of the 14th International AMS conference. Unfortunately, several months after that conference, an unusual heart condition took him from us – and we are still trying to catch up with all the programs he started.


Nov 19 2021


11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Nov 18 2021
  • Time: 7:45 pm - 8:15 pm