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Philip J. Currie, Ph.D., L.L.D. (hon.), FI ‘02

Philip Currie discovered dinosaurs at the age of six when he found a plastic dinosaur in a cereal box. It was Roy Chapman Andrews’ “All About Dinosaurs”, however - with its vivid description of dinosaur hunters - that convinced him to become a palaeontologist five years later. The excitement of discovery (fossils in the field, and ideas in the “lab”) has constantly renewed his interest, and he has led or co-led expeditions in Alberta, the Arctic, Argentina, British Columbia, China and Mongolia, as well as dinosaur quarries in Antarctica, Australia, Madagascar, and many other countries

Dr. Currie is a full Professor and Canada Research Chair of Dinosaur Paleobiology at the University of Alberta in Canada. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary, and an Adjunct Research Scientist at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta.

Currie’s work focuses on problems with dinosaur growth and variation, the anatomy and relationships of carnivorous dinosaurs, and the origin of birds, with a long-term goal of understanding the rich Cretaceous ecosystems of Dinosaur Park (Canada) and the Nemegt Formation of Mongolia. Since 1986, he has supervised or co-supervised more than 30 graduate students at the Universities of Alberta, Calgary, Saskatchewan, and Copenhagen.

A prolific writer and lecturer, Currie has published 160 scientific articles, 140 popular articles and fifteen books. He has given more than 800 lectures to audiences all over the world and more than 1200 interviews for newspaper, magazine, radio, film and television articles and programs. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Currie is the recipient of a number of awards, including (most recently) an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary, election to the Alberta Order of Excellence, and The Explorers Club Canadian Chapter’s Stefansson Medal.

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