Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

“We learn and grow one goal at a time.”

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1998 Inductee

Dr. Roberta Bondar

Born: 
December 4, 1945, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Education: 
BSc - The University of Guelph; MSc - The University of Western Ontario; MD - McMaster University; PhD - The University of Toronto
In 1992, Dr. Roberta Bondar realized her dream when she was the first Canadian woman to travel in space. Bondar, a neurologist by training, was one of the six original astronauts selected. On the space shuttle Discovery, Bondar's role was to study how the human body reacted to weightlessness and the growth of plants without gravity.

Roberta Lynn Bondar has always had an interest in science and space. She earned a BSc, MSc, and PhD before obtaining her MD from McMaster University in 1977. For her contributions to science, Bondar has received numerous honours and awards. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario and is the recipient of the NASA Space Medal. An excellent motivational speaker, with a strong concern for the environment, Bondar is a positive role model for young Canadians and a source of pride for the Canadian Space program.

Currently, Bondar is researching the physiological change that occurs to humans in space and how it applies to life on earth. It is hoped that the discoveries will initiate more effective treatments of diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, Parkinson's Disease and Shy Drager's Syndrome.