Aurora Awards

Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association

Dr. Jamie Matthews

2018 CSFFA Hall of Fame

Dr. Jaymie Matthews “It is hard to imagine a more fundamental discovery for science, for philosophy, for theology, and for culture, than proof that we are not alone in the Universe.” — Dr. Jaymie Matthews - Faculty of Science UBC— Matthews grew up in Chatham, Ontario. After skipping a year of high school, he began attending the University of Toronto at age 16 to get his undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy. With the support of his mentor, astronomer Dr. John Percy, Matthews was an author on three scientific papers before graduating with his B.Sc. Matthews received, from the University of Toronto, in 1979 his bachelor's degree and from, the University of Western Ontario's department of astronomy & astrophysics, master's degree in 1982 and doctoral degree in 1987. He was a postdoc at the University of British Columbia (UBC) from 1988 to 1990 and Attaché de recherche at the Université de Montreal from 1990 to 1992. At UBC, Matthews has held the position of assistant professor from 1992 to 2000, associate professor from 2000 to 2008, and full professor from 2008 to the present. Jaymie Matthews is a writer and producer, known for Space Suite III (2017), Space Suite (2015) and Space Suite II (2016). He is the principal investigator for the Canadian Space Agency’s MOST project, a space telescope project yielding observations in asteroseismology and in detection of visible-light signatures from extrasolar planets. He has been a member of several Canadian scientific committees and has been an invited speaker at many international scientific meetings. Matthews has made frequent appearances in the news media. He "posed in multiple guises (from a superhero flying in the ozone layer to an X-ray version of Austin Powers) in the Discovery Channel documentary series "Light: More Than Meets The Eye".