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TEDxUofC 'Building a Legacy' - Robert Thirsk

Dr. Robert Thirsk was born in New Westminster, BC and has lived in Calgary and other cities in western Canada. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary, and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Bob also holds a Doctorate of Medicine from McGill University, and a Master of Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He was selected as a Canadian astronaut in 1983.In 1996 Bob flew aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia with six international crewmates as part of the Life and Microgravity Spacelab Mission. This 17-day mission was devoted to the study of life and materials sciences. He also served as backup astronaut for the 1984 Space Shuttle Mission STS-41G and for the Soyuz TMA-6 crew exchange mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2005.In 2009 Bob became the first Canadian astronaut to fly a long duration expedition aboard the International Space Station. He and two crewmates launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 27 May aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. When their Soyuz vehicle docked with the nearly-complete Station two days later, the ISS became home for the first time to a permanent crew of six. As members of the ISS Expedition 20/21 crew, Bob and his five international crewmates performed an unprecedented amount of multidisciplinary research, complex robotic operations, and maintenance and repair work of Station systems and payloads. Following the undocking of his Soyuz spacecraft from the Station and landing back in Kazakhstan on 1 December, Bob Thirsk had lived and worked in space for another 188 days during this second voyage to space.Bob is a strong promoter of a Canadian economy based upon exploration and innovation. He encourages young Canadians to build their dreams upon a solid educational foundation and advanced skills.TEDxUofC happened March 30, 2012 in Calgary Alberta Canada.
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