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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.

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For more information and to RSVP:

contact media relations at 416-978-0100