In today's episode we talk to the voice of science for Canada and the world, Bob McDonald. Bob and Dave discuss growing up in the space age, learning about fundamental science as a child and ultimately going on to host Canada’s popular science radio program, “Quirks and Quarks”. We hear fun stories about Bob's efforts to educate the masses about science. This man even has an asteroid named after him that may or may not be headed for Earth!
Bob shares about the similarities between looking at the vastness of space through a telescope and looking at the infinite detail of the tiny building blocks of the universe through a microscope.
Bob just celebrated his 30th year as host of his show and is passionate about keeping kids curious about science. "Science isn't complicated!" Hear him tell how to make gravity wells, fire extinguishers, and black holes out of kitchen supplies!
His latest book has been on the bestseller list since it was published - The Future is Now: Solving the Climate Crisis with Today's Technology. Check it out onAmazon or in most bookstores.
Bob McDonald has been bringing science to the public for more than 40 years. In addition to hosting Quirks & Quarks, the award-winning science program that is heard by 500,000 people each week, McDonald is also the science correspondent for CBC TV’s The National and host of the children’s series Head’s Up. He was also the host of the CBC Children’s series Wonderstruck. He has written and hosted numerous television documentaries and more than 100 educational videos in Canada and the United States.
As a writer, he has authored six bestselling science books and contributed to numerous textbooks, magazines, and newspapers (including The Globe and Mail). His latest book is The Future is Now: Solving the climate crisis with current technology. McDonald has been honored for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of science within Canada. He has been awarded the Michael Smith Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the “Sir Sanford Fleming Medal” from the Royal Canadian Institute, and the “McNeil Medal” from The Royal Society of Canada. He also won a 2008 Gemini Award for “Best Host in a Pre-School, Children’s or Youth Program or Series.”
He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.
In 2015, asteroid 332324 was officially named Bobmcdonald in his honor.
He holds twelve honorary doctorates from Canadian universities.