Turok is being appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada (Honourary) in recognition of his “substantial contributions as a scientist to the field of theoretical physics and cosmology, providing new models that test fundamental theories of the universe.” Turok is currently director of the world-class Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
Beyond his outstanding scientific achievements, Turok is also the visionary leader who founded the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), which is proudly supported by IDRC, the Government of Canada, and the UK’s Department for International Development.
AIMS opened its doors in Cape Town, South Africa in 2003 and has now become a leading institution for postgraduate training in mathematical sciences in Africa. AIMS has expanded to a network of six centres in Cameroon, Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania. Most recently, Global Affairs Canada and IDRC provided support to AIMS for a new CA$22.6 million program to train African mathematical scientists to develop climate change adaptation and mitigation solutions.