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RASC Members of the Order of Canada

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Mr. Bruce A. Aikenhead, O.C.    

One of the pioneers of the Canadian aerospace industry, Okanagan Centre Member Bruce Aikenhead began nearly 40 years in aerospace in 1955 with systems engineering of flight simulators for aircrew training including the research and development simulator for the AVRO "ARROW." He was hired by NASA to develop training aids for the astronauts of Project Mercury.

Upon his return to Canada he continued in space-related projects, which included "International Satellites for Ionospheric Studies," the Canadian geosychronous satellite "Hermes" and then the "Canadarm" for the NASA space shuttle. As Manager of the Canadian astronauts in 1984 he arranged equipment and training for Marc Garneau's orbital flight. Following the formation of the Canadian Space Agency, he became Director-General of the Canadian Astronaut Program. He retired in 1993.

  • Officer 1997
  • Appointment July 3, 1997
  • Investiture October 22, 1997

Mr. Terence Dickinson, O.C.

Many Canadians have developed an interest in the wonders of astronomy thanks to his popular books on the subject. His guide for backyard astronomers, Nightwatch, is one of many books he has written for both children and adults. As a commentator for CBC radio’s Quirks and Quarks, an author and a columnist, he has unveiled a world of discovery for thousands of amateur astronomers. Asteroid (5272) Dickinson is named in his honour.

  • Officer (1995)
  • Appointment October 19, 1994
  • Investiture May 3, 1995

Dr. Helen Sawyer Hogg, C.C.*

Astronomer at the David Dunlap Observatory, Richmond Hill, Ontario. To mark almost half a century of research in the field of astronomy, during which she has gained an international reputation. (This is a promotion within the Order.) For her research in astronomy over a period of more than forty years. Dr. Sawyer Hogg served as President of the RASC and was a founder of the Canadian Astronomical Society CASCA. Asteroid (2917) Sawyer-Hogg is named in her honour.

  • Companion (1976)
  • Appointment June 23, 1976
  • Investiture October 20 1976
  • Deceased : January 28, 1993

Dr. Paul Marmet, O.C.*

Full professor in the physics department, Faculty of Sciences and Engineering and director of the atomic and molecular physics laboratory at Université Laval. Physician renowned in Canada and abroad for his scientific publications. He was among those promoting the development of Quebec’s first astronomical research telescope.

  • Officer (1981)
  • Appointment June 22, 1981
  • Investiture October 21, 1981
  • Deceased: May 20, 2005

Dr. Jaymie Matthews, O.C.

Jaymie Matthews, member of the Vancouver Centre and Associate Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of British Columbia is well-known to members of the Society in particular for his work on the MOST space telescope project, which was the subject of the Ruth Northcott Memorial Lecture at the 2005 General Assembly in Kelowna, B.C.

A friend of the Society, as well as a member, Dr. Matthews also congratulated the RASC on making his work of publicizing Canadian astronomy easier.

  • Officer 2006
  • Appointment October 5, 2006
  • Investiture

Dr. William Thomas Tutte, O.C.*

Bill Tutte was an outstanding expert in cryptanalysis, and a key innovator in the fields of graph and matroid theory, with a world-wide reputation. During the Second World War he was on staff at Bletchley Park, and while in his mid-twenties he was able to reverse eningeer the German encryption machines solely from intercepted messages. Modest and retiring, he was an inspired teacher and a mathematician whose research potential did not disipate upon reaching his fifth decade, which was reflected in his receipt of many honours. He served on the RASC executive as National Librarian 1959-1960. Asteroid (14989) is named in his honour.

  • Officer (2001)
  • Appointment November 15, 2000
  • Investiture October 17, 2001
  • Deceased : May 2, 2002

Dr. Sidney van den Bergh, O.C.

Former director of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, he is a world renowned astronomer who has contributed immensely to our understanding of the evolution of the galaxy. In constant demand as a lecturer throughout the world, he has produced a wealth of heavily-cited research ideas and encourages excellence in both students and colleagues. Asteroid (4230) van den Bergh is named in his honour.

  • Officer (1994)
  • Appointment April 13, 1994
  • Investiture March 1, 1995

Dr. George Volkoff, O.C. *

In the course of a distinguished career, he contributed to the general development of physics in Canada and, in particular, at the University of British Columbia. Twenty-five years after he co-authored an historic paper on the gravitational collapse of stars, the theoretical prediction it contained was verified by the discovery of pulsars, one of the great astrophysical discoveries of the 20th century.

  • Officer (1994)
  • Appointment April 13, 1994
  • Investiture October 19, 1994
  • Deceased : April 24, 2000


* Notes that the member is deceased.