Ray Jayawardhana is the dean of science and a professor of physics & astronomy at York University. A graduate of Yale and Harvard, he uses many of the world’s largest telescopes to explore planetary origins and diversity.

He is the co-author of more than 120 papers in scientific journals, and his findings have made headlines worldwide. He is also an award-winning writer whose articles have appeared in The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Muse, Scientific American, and more. His research and writing have led to numerous accolades, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Rutherford Medal, the Steacie Prize, and the McLean Award. His book Strange New Worlds was the basis of “The Planet Hunters” television documentary on the CBC, while Neutrino Hunters won the CSWA Science in Society Book Award. Ray is also a popular speaker and a frequent commentator for the media.

An avid traveler, he has visited more than 55 countries, all seven continents, and the Arctic.