UBC honours contributions to science of dinosaurs and distant planets

Philip Currie helped found the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta (photo courtesy of The Alberta Order of Excellence).

Philip Currie helped found the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta (photo courtesy of The Alberta Order of Excellence).

Paleontologist and astrophysicist to receive honorary degrees in June

Sara Seager’s research focuses on theory, computation, and data analysis of exoplanets.

Sara Seager’s research focuses on theory, computation, and data analysis of exoplanets.

Two accomplished Canadian scientists--a discoverer of dinosaurs, and a discoverer of atmosphere on planets orbiting distant stars--will receive honorary degrees at UBC Okanagan’s June Convocation.

Philip Currie is an internationally renowned palaeontologist whose scientific accomplishments have led to a greater understanding of dinosaurs and their scientific significance. Currie is currently Professor and Canada Research Chair in Dinosaur Paleobiology at the University of Alberta.

Sara Seager is a Canadian-American astrophysicist and planetary scientist, and a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is known for her work on exoplanets and their atmospheres.

The honorary degrees will be conferred during Convocation ceremonies at UBC’s Okanagan campus on June 4 and 5, 2015.

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