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Dick Bond honoured by Canadian and American physics communities

University Professor Richard Bond of the Faculty of Arts & Science’s Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA), has received prestigious honours from the Canadian and American physics communities.

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) has named Bond a CAP Fellow, a distinction previously bestowed on Canadian Nobel laureates Arthur B. McDonald and Donna Strickland. The distinction recognizes an individual’s contributions to the Canadian physics community and to physics research.

The American Physical Society, meanwhile, awarded Bond the Hans A. Bethe Prize for developing conceptual and quantitative tools that have enabled cosmologists to measure the geometry, content and age of the universe.

“We are very excited to celebrate Professor Bond receiving these honours,” Dean Melanie Woodin says. “CITA has always been a jewel in U of T’s crown and Bond is one of the reasons for the institute’s reputation and achievements. He has helped us better understand the fundamental nature of the universe, so it is no surprise that the physics community is honouring him with these distinctions.”

Throughout his distinguished career, Bond has investigated the physics of the very early universe, dark matter and dark energy, particle and gravitational theory and the origin and evolution of cosmic structure, among other mysteries of the universe. Along with coining the term “cosmic web” to describe the strands of matter connecting galaxies, Bond is perhaps best known for developing the theory and analysis of cosmic microwave background radiation fluctuations into a high precision tool for exploring the cosmos.

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