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Warming Up With Bob
Featuring Bob McDonald
Author, Science Journalist
October 26, 2014
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Bob is a Canadian author and science journalist. He is the National Science Commentator for CBC Television and CBC News Network and since 1992 has hosted Quirks & Quarks, a weekly radio science show, which with an audience of over half a million listeners each week.

In 1972, with no formal academic training, he began his science communication career as a demonstrator at the Ontario Science Centre. He eventually traveled to California to watch the live action of NASA‘s first space probes and when he returned to Canada, he found himself in demand to talk about the missions and eventually became the regular science correspondent for a number of shows.

In 2010 he was initiated as an honorary life member of Sigma Xi, a prestigious scientific research society in the United States with membership is by invitation only. Previous honorary inductees have included some of the best known science writers in America, and Bob was the first Canadian to receive this honor.

Says Bob: “Science is just a very good way of looking at life, looking at the world around you.”

At university, he studied arts and philosophy.
In 2014, an asteroid, previously named 332324 and designated 2006 XN67, was named after him.
He was never a fan of the space shuttle, calling it a “magnificent machine” that “doesn’t go anywhere. It only goes 400 kilometres up.” That distance is not quite the length of Vancouver Island.
In 2011 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
He has been awarded 9 honorary degrees. What’s the scientific notation for that?
Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Bob sails a 41-foot Morgan sailboat.

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