Bob McDonald

Event Date and Time: 
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 6:59pm
Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event Type: 
Scholars’ Evening

The host of Quirks & Quarks is Bob McDonald. One of Canada's best known science journalists, Bob has been  presenting the program since 1992. Bob is also a weekly science commentator on CBC Newsworld Morning, and science correspondent for CBC TV's The National. Before joining Quirks & Quarks, Bob was the host of CBC Televison's children's science program Wonderstruck. He is also the author of two books based on the program, Wonderstruck I and Wonderstruck II.

Fall 2000 saw the release of Bob's book, Measuring the Earth with a Stick: Science as I've seen it. The book, which was short-listed for the Canadian Science Writers Association Book Award, is a collection of essays reflecting on his 25 years as a science journalist. Bob has shared in the dozens of prizes and awards bestowed upon Quirks & Quarks. But he was also personally honoured for his contributions to the public awareness of science with the 2001 Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion, from NSERC; and the 2002 Sandford Fleming Medal from The Royal Canadian Institute. In 2005, Bob received the McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science from the Royal Society of Canada - completing the 'triple crown' of medals for science communication in Canada. Bob also hosts and writes a children's TV science show, Heads Up!, which runs on TVO and the Knowledge Network. In addition, he is Chairman of the Board for Geospace Planetarium.