Bob McDonald (LLD 2015)
Bob McDonald has been communicating science internationally through television, radio, print and live presentations for more than 30 years. He is the host of CBC Radio's Quirks & Quarks, the award-winning science program with a national audience of nearly 500,000 people. He is also a regular reporter for CBC Television's The National, a Gemini winning host and writer of the children's series Head's Up, and has hosted Greatest Canadian Invention and the seven part series Water Under Fire.
As a print journalist, McDonald has authored three science books and contributed to numerous science textbooks, newspapers and magazines including The Globe and Mail, Owl Magazine and many others. His latest book, Canadian Spacewalkers, profiles the stories of Canadian astronauts who have walked in space. He also wrote Measuring the Earth With a Stick, the introduction to The Quirks & Quarks Question Book and the Guide to Space: 42 Questions (and Answers) About Life, the Universe, and Everything.
Beyond his work in media, McDonald sits on several boards and is chairman of Geospace, an exciting new environmental centre and planetarium for the Toronto Waterfront.
McDonald has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of science in Canada as the recipient of the Michael Smith Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Sir Sanford Fleming Medal from the Royal Canadian Institute and the McNeil Medal from The Royal Society of Canada. McDonald was also the recipient of a 2008 Gemini Award for Best Host in a Pre-School, Children's or Youth Program or Series. In 2010, McDonald was named an honorary life member of the Sigma Xi Society, the first Canadian to be so honoured by America's oldest scientific body and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in November 2011.
He holds eight honorary doctorates from Canadian universities including an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Toronto.
Originally published for CBC.ca.
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