The Trottier Family
Lorne Trottier’s passion for science and technology began at age 11 when he built his first crystal radio. Curiosity over how it worked quickly morphed into an insatiable desire to learn more about the findings of modern science, including those related to the solar system and how the universe works.
His passion led him to become an electronics engineer and to cofound Matrox, a company that made specialized computer graphics and video products.
That passion for science and astronomy was passed on to brother Howard, who looked up to Lorne as both brother and mentor. Besides becoming an SFU physics professor he spends his time as both an amateur astronomer and award-winning astro-photographer.
The brothers are among four siblings whose parents were determined to given them a university education, something neither parent had the luxury to pursue. Brother Elliot is an actuary while brother Marc is a retired child-care worker.
Howard’s 20-year-old son Alexandre is carrying on the family tradition.
“He has blossomed into an unabashed geek about computer and internet technology, and is driven in his technical studies in a way that reminds me of his uncle Lorne when he was studying electronics engineering at a similar age,” says his father.
Through the Trottier Foundation the brothers hope to grow their science outreach, among young people in particular, to help others develop and pursue a passion for the field.