Dick Bond elected Foreign Fellow of Indian National Science Academy

October 20, 2023 by A&S News

University Professor Dick Bond of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) in the Faculty of Arts & Science has been elected a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), effective January 1, 2024.

Established in 1935, INSA promotes science in India, harnessing scientific knowledge for the cause of humanity and national welfare. The organization is comprised of scientists from all branches of science and technology and currently has a total 995 Indian fellows and 98 Foreign Fellows. Bond is one of six researchers in the latest cohort of foreign fellows and the only one at a Canadian institution.

Bond was cited by INSA for his pioneering work in the field of cosmology, specifically for demonstrating that slight variations in the cosmic microwave background radiation contain precious information regarding the shape, size, age and composition of the universe.

Bond is a cosmologist whose theoretical research interests include the physics of the very early universe, the origin and evolution of cosmic structure, and problems presented by dark matter and dark energy. He is best known for developing the theory and analysis of cosmic microwave background radiation fluctuations into a high precision tool for exploring the cosmos. During his decades-long partnership with the Indian scientific community, Bond helped establish the Inter-University Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics in Pune and has attracted many Indian postdoctoral researchers to CITA, many of whom are now leaders in the field.

“This is just as much an honour for CITA given its long-standing role in contributing to and supporting the development of Indian science, particularly in the areas of astrophysics and cosmology,” said Bond. “I have had the privilege of building relationships with scientists across India over many years and am grateful for this recognition. I’m proud to further cement CITA’s entanglement with the Indian scientific community alongside so many renowned Indian researchers and fellow foreign fellows.”