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CITA Professor Peter Martin Elected to Royal Society of Canada

Martin, ``universally recognized as a major world figure'' in ISM studies, appointed to Canada's oldest and most prestigious scholarly organization

Toronto, July 6 -- The Royal Society of Canada announced today that Professor Peter Martin, CITA and Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics professor at the University of Toronto, had been elected to the Royal Society's Academy of Science, noting that Martin ``is one of Canada's most distinguished astrophysical leaders and mentors'', and that he was ``universally recognized as a major world figure in the physics and chemistry of the interstellar medium.''

Professor Martin was CITA's first faculty member in 1984, and it's Acting or Associate Director three times; he is currently Chair of the Depatment of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and of the DDO. He studied for his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Toronto before returning as an assistant professor in 1972.

University Professor Richard Bond, recently director of CITA, called the announcment ``A pan-Canada recognition for what all of us have known all along,'' and the Univeristy of Toronto's interim vice-president (research) Tim McTiernan said of Martin's and other UofT professors election to the Society, “Being elected to the Royal Society of Canada is indeed an honour. It is a clear signal that a scholar has reached a very special level of expertise and achievement.''

The Royal Society of Canada: Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences is a senior national body of distinguished Canadian scientists and scholars, with a primary objective of promoting learning and research in the arts and sciences. The Society consists of approximately 1700 Fellows from across the country who are selected by their peers for outstanding contributions to the natural and social sciences and in the humanities.

Martin's entire citation reads: ``Peter G. Martin is one of Canada's most distinguished astrophysical leaders and mentors. He is universally recognized as a major world figure in studies of the physics and chemistry of the interstellar medium. He has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of cosmic dust, interstellar light propagation, and the complex Galactic ecosystem in which stars are born and die. He led a massive theoretical effort to compute essential and widely-used hydrogen molecule reaction rates for star and planet formation. He plays a defining role in many major ISM observing campaigns, including theunique Canadian survey of the Galactic plane.'' A formal induction ceremony will take place in November in Edmonton.



About the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics. The Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) is a world-class, nationally supported, research center for studies in theoretical astrophysics and related subjects hosted by the University of Toronto. The primary missions of CITA are to foster interaction within the Canadian theoretical astrophysics community and to serve as an international center of excellence for theoretical studies in astrophysics. CITA receives research support from a collaborative special project grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), as well as the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR). More information about CITA and the work of its researchers is available at http://www.cita.utoronto.ca/.

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Royal Society of Canda Press Release
University of Toronto Press Release
CITA and Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics Professor Peter. G. Martin
CITA and Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics Professor Peter. G. Martin, elected to the Royal Society of Canada's Academy of Science.
Published: July 10, 2007