Roberta Lynn Bondar

Doctor of Sciences

Roberts Bondar, who represented Canada as a payload specialist on NASA’a mission STS-42 in January 1992, holds a B.Sc. (Guelph, 1968), M.Sc. (Western Ontario, 1971), a Ph.D. (Toronto, 1974) and a Doctor of Medicine degree (McMaster, 1977). She is a neurologist and a clinical and basic science researcher in the nervous system.

Dr. Bondar was one of six Canadian astronauts selected in 1983 and began training in 1984. She was designated a prime payload specialist for the first International Microgravity Laboratory Mission in 1990. Dr. Bondar has served as a member of the Ontario Premier’s Council on Science and Technology and on many other scientific bodies. She has received many honours and was made an honorary life member of Girl Guides in Canada in 1986. Her professional affiliations include the American Academy of Neurology, the Canadian Neurology Society, the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute, and the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology.