Ryerson University to award Honorary Doctorate to Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk
June 07, 2012
Ryerson University will award an honorary doctorate to Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk, in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the Canadian space program. He will receive a Doctor of Engineering degree from the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science on Monday, June 11, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.
Educated as an engineer and doctor, Thirsk was selected as a Canadian astronaut in 1983. His first space flight in 1996 was aboard the space shuttle Columbia. During that 17-day expedition, he and his crewmates of the Life and Microgravity Spacelab mission undertook 43 experiments devoted to biology, physiology, fluid physics and materials sciences. In 2009, Bob became the first Canadian astronaut to fly a long duration expedition aboard the International Space Station, he and his crew lived aboard the space station for six months.
Thirsk is a strong promoter of a Canadian economy based upon exploration and innovation and maintains a strong dedication to education. He is a frequent guest lecturer at Canadian and international universities and currently serves as chairman of the board for the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship programs.
WHAT: Honorary degree presentation and convocation address
WHEN: Monday, June 11, 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Ryerson Theatre, 43 Gerrard St. E. Toronto
For a full list of the notable Canadians to receive an honorary degree from Ryerson University this spring, please visit: http://www.ryerson.ca/news/media/General_Public/20120321_ma_hondocs.html
Note: Media are invited to attend the convocation ceremonies. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Johanna VanderMaas.