J. Richard Bond

J Richard Bond


  • Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe


  • University of Toronto
Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA)


  • Canada


PhD (Theoretical Physics), California Institute of Technology
MS (Theoretical Physics), California Institute of Technology
BSc (Mathematics and Physics), University of Toronto


Richard Bond is a cosmologist whose 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, and 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 more than 150 post-PhD scientists, most of whom have gone on to distinguished national and international faculty positions.


Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012

Canadian Association of Physicists Medal for Lifetime Achievement, 2010

Tory Medal of the Canadian Royal Society, 2009

Herzberg Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, 2006

Beals Prize of the Canadian Astronomical Society, 1995

Relevant Publications

Bond, J.R., & Efstathiou, G. (1984). Cosmic background radiation anisotropies in universes dominated by nonbaryonic dark matter. Astrophysical Journal, 285, L45–L48. DOI: 0.1086/184362