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Dr. Peter Stangeby

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Dr. Stangeby is an internationally recognized physicist who worked for more than 40 years in the University of Toronto’s engineering department. The retired professor, who earned his doctorate in plasma physics at Oxford University, was honoured for his work as a leading authority on most aspects of the boundary physics of magnetic fusion energy research devices. He has had a profound influence on the field of fusion energy both through his own scientific work and through inspiring and mentoring the next generation of researchers in the field.

In accepting the honour, Stangeby did not discuss his academic or professional accomplishments. Instead, he spoke of the joy he experienced as a student at BCI – such as his numbered days as a gangly youth on the football field, on stage with the drama club, and other childhood memories.

He implored students gathered at the ceremony to live in the moment and appreciate their time at BCI.

During an interview after the ceremony, he said he was honoured to receive recognition from the school, noting his days at BCI were some of the happiest of his life.

“University was like a cold shower,” he said. “I have unrealistically fond and sentimental thoughts of my days at BCI. It is glorious to get this recognition.”

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