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Roberta Lynn Bondar

the first non-American woman to fly on the Space Shuttle

Roberta Lynn Bondar

Biographical Data

Born December 4, 1945
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada


Elementary and Secondary Sault Ste. Marie
Bachelor of Sciences in Zoology and Agriculture University of Guelph, 1968
Master of Sciences in Experimental Pathology University of Western Ontario, 1971
Ph.D. in Neurobiology University of Toronto, 1974
M.D. McMaster University, 1977
Fellow as a Specialist in Neurology Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 1981

Medical/Research/Teaching Career

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Neurology), McMaster University, 1982-1984
scientific staff, Sunnybrook Medical Centre, Toronto, 1988-present
Distinguished Professor, Centre for Advanced Technology Education
, Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto, Ontario, 1992-present
Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, 1992-1994
visiting research scholar, Department of Neurology, University of New Mexico, 1993-1995
Visiting Distinguished Fellow, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, 1993-1994
Visiting Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Western Ontario, 1994-present

Spaceflight Career

One of the six original Canadian astronauts selected in December 1983.
Began astronaut training in February 1984.

chairperson , Canadian Life Sciences Subcommittee for Space Station,1985-1989.
member of the Ontario Premier's Council on Science and Technology, 1988-1989.

Designated a prime Payload Specialist for the first International Microgravity Laboratory Mission (IML-1) in 1990.

Flew on the Space Shuttle Discovery during Mission STS-42, January 22-30, 1992, where she performed life science and material science experiments in the Spacelab and on the middeck.

Left the Canadian Space Agency effective September 4, 1992, to pursue her research.


Touching the Earth
Canada -- Landscape of Dreams
Passionate Vision: Discovering Canada's National Parks
The Arid Edge of Earth
Tree Portraits
Down to Earth
Bondar Vision
The Art of Adapting
Wobblers are for the Birds: Reality Check
Almost Home
Wanting to Dream
Driving Through Chaos
Reality Sucks Energy Big Time

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