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Atrophysicist Sott Temaine to receive honorary degree

June 7, 2010

TORONTO, ON. – The Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to will award renowned astro­physi­cist Scott Tremaine on Fri­day, June 11, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. with an hon­orary doc­tor of sci­ence degree in recog­ni­tion of his schol­ar­ly con­tri­bu­tions to the field of astro­physics, and his admin­is­tra­tive lead­er­ship in sup­port of Cana­di­an and inter­na­tion­al sci­ence.

In 1985, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to recruit­ed Tremaine from MIT to serve as inau­gur­al direc­tor of the Cana­di­an Insti­tute for The­o­ret­i­cal Astro­physics. In just over a decade, he helped grow the insti­tute into one of the world’s pre­mier research insti­tutes in the­o­ret­i­cal astro­physics and cos­mol­o­gy, con­tribut­ing to the Cana­di­an research community’s rep­u­ta­tion as a glob­al leader. Tremaine, whose research pro­vides deep insights into the behav­iour of comets, plan­ets, black holes and galax­ies, is cur­rent­ly the Richard Black Pro­fes­sor of Astro­physics at Princeton’s Insti­tute for Advanced Study. From there, he con­tin­ues to fos­ter Cana­di­an sci­ence as Direc­tor of the Cana­di­an Insti­tute for Advanced Research, Cos­mol­o­gy and Grav­i­ty Pro­gram, and as Sci­en­tif­ic Advi­so­ry Chair of the Perime­ter Insti­tute for The­o­ret­i­cal Physics.

Mem­bers of the media are invit­ed to attend the con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mo­ny, but seat­ing is very lim­it­ed and advance con­fir­ma­tion of atten­dance is required. Please RSVP to U of T media rela­tions at 416–978-0100 no lat­er than 3 p.m. on Thurs­day, June 10.

WHAT:          Renowned astro­physi­cist Scott Tremaine to receive hon­orary degree at spring con­vo­ca­tion.

WHEN:          Fri­day, June 11, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. Media need to RSVP in advance and should arrive no lat­er than 2:15 p.m. to ensure seat­ing.

WHERE:        Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, Con­vo­ca­tion Hall, 31 King’s Col­lege Cir­cle.


For more infor­ma­tion and to RSVP:

con­tact media rela­tions at 416–978-0100