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Submitted by Stephanie Barnes on Fri, 08/07/2015 - 11:57am

Dr. Robert Thirsk Biography

Former Canadian astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk (O.C., O.B.C.) was elected the 13th chancellor of the University of Calgary in May 2014.

Thirsk has deep roots in Alberta. He attended R.T. Alderman Junior High and Lord Beaverbrook High Schools and has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Calgary. Thirsk also has a Master of Science in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, along with a medicaldegree from McGill University.

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Chancellor's Challenge

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Chancellor Emeriti

Dr. Jim Dinning 2010-2014
Dr. Joanne Cuthbertson 2006-2010
Dr. William J. Warren 2002-2006
Dr. J. Jack Perraton 1998-2002
Dr. M. Ann McCaig 1994-1998
Dr. David B. Smith 1990-1994
Dr. James S. Palmer 1986-1990
Dr. Brian Norford 1982-1986
Dr. Louis Lebel 1978-1982
Dr. Muriel Kovitz 1974-1978
Dr. William A. Friley 1970-1974
Dr. C. Campbell McLaurin 1966-1970