Jean-René Roy is an astrophysicist and associate professor in the Département de physique, génie physique et optique at Université Laval. He received his PhD in astronomy from the University of Western Ontario in 1973. After working in research institutes in the United States, the Netherlands and Canada, he was a professor in the Département de physique at Université Laval from 1977 to 2000. He was a member of the management of the Gemini International Observatory in Hawaii and Chile from 2000 to 2009. He worked at the Large Facilities Office of the National Science Foundation from 2009 to 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. In 2011-12, he was based in Baltimore (Maryland) at the Science Mission Office of the Space Telescope Science Institute, which operates the Hubble Space Telescope. His research has embraced the dynamics of our star, the Sun, the evolution of spiral galaxies, the formation of massive stars and the dispersion of elements in the interstellar medium. He has constantly endeavored to make the wonders of the cosmos accessible to the general public by various means: books, articles, radio chronicles, lectures, etc.
The CRAQ warmly congratulates Jean-René Roy for this well-deserved distinction.
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