Ceiling breaker: Melanie Campbell

Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science, School of Optometry and Vision Science

Melanie Campbell discovered her love of physics in the early 1970s, when there were very few women in her undergraduate program and not a single female professor.

“I have to say that most of my professors were very encouraging. I was very lucky … I remember one of them saying, ‘I don’t want to see you getting coffee for anyone or doing any filing. You're here to do research.’ ”

Today, Campbell is a world-class physicist developing imaging devices for the eye to improve diagnosis of illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease.

She also works tirelessly to remove barriers for women in academia. She has been a strong advocate for infant daycare spaces on campus, parental leave and more equitable hiring practices.

“Each time I see a hurdle or experience a difficulty … I try to do something so other people won’t face the same situation. I think everyone should keep working toward an inclusive environment with more gender balance.”

MELANIE CAMPBELL, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science, School of Optometry and Vision Science

Photo credit: One for the Wall


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