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J. Richard Bond

J. Richard Bond

Program
Cosmology & Gravity

Appointment
Senior Fellow; Director

Institution
University of Toronto

Country
Canada Canada


Canadian Dick Bond grew up in the Toronto area. He received his PhD in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology, became a lecturer at Berkeley, then a faculty member at Stanford. In 1985 he returned to his undergraduate alma mater, the University of Toronto, 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 & Gravity Program. He served two five-year terms as director of CITA, from 1996-2006, and has been the director of CIFAR's Cosmology & Gravity Program since 2002. He was awarded the title of University Professor in 2000.

His theoretical work ranges from the ultra early to the ultra late universe, with influential works on the nature and behaviour of dark matter and energy, on inflation in the early and late universe, on the “cosmic web” paradigm for the dynamics of structure formation from random density fields and the distribution and state of gas in the Universe that this engenders. 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.

Bond has played a leading role in developing Canadian cosmology into its current vibrant state, and for making CITA a sought-after destination for over 150 post-PhD scientists, most of whom have gone on to distinguished national and international faculty positions. He has also won almost all major Canadian awards, including the five top Canadian 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 national efforts, he became an Officer in the Order of Canada in 2005, was inducted into the Order of Ontario in 2008 and The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. His international awards include the 2002 Dannie Heineman Prize of the American Astronomical Society. He was the 2008 Gruber Laureate in Cosmology. Bond is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, and of Canada and a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Sciences.
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