J. Richard Bond is a professor at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Physics (CITA). He received his Ph.D from Caltech in 1979. His work concerns the theoretical modeling of anistropies of the cosmic background radiation. Since the 1990s increasingly detailed measurements of such anisotropies have enabled such theoretical models to form a basis for understanding the foundations of contemporary cosmology and the evolution of cosmic structure.
His research contributions have been recognized by many awards, including the Dannie Heineman Prize of the American Astronomical Society, the Beals Prize of the Canadian Astronomical Society, the Canadian Association of Physicists/Centre de recherches mathématiques Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics, the Steacie Prize for Natural Sciences, and Humboldt, Sloan and Steacie Fellowships. In 2007, he was awarded the two top Canadian prizes for career achievement, the Herzberg Gold Medal for Science and Engineering and the Killam Prize in the Natural Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, the Royal Society of Canada, and the American Physical Society, as well as a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a member of the Modern Inflationary Cosmology research team led by SITP faculty member Eva Silverstein.