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Honorary Degree - Dr. J. Richard Bond

5 January, 2016

Honorary Degree recipient Dr. J. Richard BondOne of the most influential theoretical astrophysicists in Canada’s history, Dr. J. Richard (Dick) Bond (OC, O.Ont, FRS, FRSC) has played a leading role in bringing Canadian cosmology to its current, vibrant state, and in making the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics a sought-after destination for scientists from all over the world. His advocacy was critical in establishing the Institute for Computational Astrophysics at Saint Mary’s University in the late 1990s.

Richard Bond was raised in the Toronto area and completed his Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto. After earning a Master of Science and a PhD in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology, he worked as a lecturer at University of California, Berkeley before joining the faculty at Stanford University.

In 1985, Dr. Bond returned to his undergraduate alma mater as a founding faculty member in the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)'s Cosmology and Gravity Program. He served two, five-year terms as director of CITA, from 1996-2006, and has directed CIFAR's Cosmology and Gravity Program since 2002.

Dr. Bond’s theoretical research ranges from the ultra early to the late universe, with influential works on dark matter and energy, the “cosmic web” paradigm for the dynamics of structure formation from random density fields, and the distribution and state of gas in the Universe. He is best known for developing the theory and analysis of cosmic microwave background radiation fluctuations into a high precision tool for exploring the cosmos.

For his many contributions to astrophysics and science research, Dr. Bond has received almost all major Canadian awards, including the five top prizes for career achievement: the 1995 Beals Prize of the Canadian Astronomical Society, the 2006 Herzberg Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, the 2007 Killam Prize in the Natural Sciences, the 2009 Tory Medal of the Canadian Royal Society and the 2010 Canadian Association of Physicists Medal for Lifetime Achievement. In further recognition of his efforts, he became an Officer in the Order of Canada in 2005, was inducted into the Order of Ontario in 2008, and received The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Also renowned internationally, Dr. Bond received the 2002 Dannie Heineman Prize of the American Astronomical Society and was the 2008 Gruber Laureate in Cosmology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, and of Canada, and a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Sciences.