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F. David Peat - Curriculm Vitae

Professional Education and Experience

  • 1960 -- BSc. Liverpool University
  • 1962 -- MSc. Liverpool University
  • 1964 -- PhD Liverpool University
  • 1965-67 -- Assistant Professor, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
  • 1967-1975 -- Research Scientist, National Research Council of Canada
  • 1971-72 -- Sabbatical study with David Bohm, Dept Phys., Birkbeck College, London and Roger Penrose, Dept Maths., Birkbeck College, London
  • 1975-present -- Independent Researcher, Writer, and Consultant Organizations
  • 1990-1992 -- Chairman, Division of Theoretical Physics, Canadian Institute of Physics

  • Fellow: World Academy of Art and Science Acted as a Consultant for the National Gallery of Canada for concept development and research for the 1995 Escher Exhibit
  • Faculty at Antioch New England Graduate School giving an annual series of seminars in New England and at Assisi, Italy on "The Confluence of Matter and Spirit"
  • Acted as consultant for The Fetzer Institute and the Nathan Cummings Foundation

  • 1987 Canada Council: Drama Grant
  • 1989-93: Fetzer Foundation: Travel Grant
  • 1990 Canada Council: Non-Fiction Writing Grant


Scientific Publications

Recent Papers

Past Talks and Conferences


"Registering Memory: Madelon Hoykaas and Elsa Stansfield"
Catalogue Essay for Retrospective and CD Rom, Frans Halsmuseum/Verweyhal, Haarlem, March 1997
"Realizing Sensation: The Art of David Andrew"
Agnes Etherington Gallery, Kingston, Canada 1996
"New Lamps for Old"
Catalogue Essay for Todd Watts exhibition, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, (1994)


  • Member of the Foresight Group a think-tank of the Science Council of CanadaArtificial
  • "The National Research Council in the year 2016", for the Science Council of Canada
  • Canada-Japan Complementarity Study. Consultant for the Science Council of Canada
  • Computers in a Science Centre. Consultant for the Science Council of Canada
  • Computers in Education. Report for the Science Council of Canada
  • Artificial Intelligence. Reports for the Science Council of Canada and for the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research
  • Research in the Neurosciences. Report for the Science Council of Canada
  • Health in the Year 2010. Canadian Department of Health and Welfare. Position paper and chairing a two day meeting.this consisted of a research paper, leading a two-day workshop of Medical Officers of Health

University Courses Taught

Mathematics and Architecture
Lecture course given to the Department of Architecture, Carleton University. 1986
Science Journalism
Course given to the School of Journalism, Carleton University. 1984-85
Man and The Universe
Course given for several years at Carleton University's Department of Continuing Education. 1975-78
Systems Theory and Non-Linearity in the Physical World
Lecture course given at Johns Hopkins University as Distinguished Visiting Scientist. 1974
Introductory Quantum Theory
Queen's University 1965-67
Advanced topics in Quantum Theory
Queen's University 1965-67

Additional Activities


  • CBC-TV Switchback- Annual appearance on 1 January as scientist and futurist.
  • 1989- January 5. Appearance on CBC-TV Halifax as scientist answering children's questions.
  • Appearances on CTV's Lifetime program commenting on scientific topics in the news.
  • Various one-off appearances on television and radio in Ottawa and Toronto as a science commentator.
  • Author of the learning package to accompany TV-Ontario's Artificial Intelligence: Fulfilling the Dream.
  • CBOT-TV Newsday: 1981-82 Science Editor and resident science expert for the news program. During that period I presented a series of short features on science, medicine and technology, often drawing upon local sources such as NRC, the museums and universities.
  • 1984-85 Various appearances on CJOH-TV Morning Magazine as a resident scientific expert explaining "How Things Work".
  • Developed concept and story line for a program on electrical power transmission CBC The Nature of Things.
  • Concept development for a film on Symmetry, NFB.

Radio: Scripts.

  • CBC- Ideas:-Over thirty scripts for the CBC Ideas series and have acted as on-air host for several of them. These include, in 1976, a highly successful series Physics and Beyond which consisted of twenty one hour programs. This series has also been distributed, in an edited form on five LP's (E-1214-18), through the CBC Spoken-Word Transcription service. In this form they were broadcast throughout the US on their PBS stations.
  • Other broadcast scripts for Ideas included Symmetry, Science and Language, New Theories of Matter and Physics, and a five part series on Meditation and the Brain.
  • Scripts and narration for a series of Science Times for the World Service of the CBC.
  • A series on Murder and Forensic Science for CBO's "All in a Day".
  • For the CBC Spoken-Word Transcription service, the script of a one hour documentary Unwinding Isaac Newton and a one hour play, Whatever Happened to Joachim Fruitmann? which appeared on two discs E-1270.

Radio Drama: Scripts.

  • Whatever Happened to Joachim Fruitmann? CBC Transcription Service.
  • The Waves. Adaptation of Novel by Virginia Woolfe. CKCU-FM.
  • His Master's Voice, CHEZ-FM.
  • Adaptation of several stage plays for radio, CKCU-FM.

Radio Drama: Direction

  • For CKCU a number of plays including Ionesco's The Lesson, Pinter's Review Sketches, Tom Stoppard's I'll be Glad if you'll be Frank, and Artist Descending a Staircase, several appearances on radio stations in Ottawa and Toronto as a commentator on science.
  • For CHEZ-FM, James Saunder's Games.


  • Wrote, directed and edited Memories, a 20 min fictional film in 16mm B/W.

Stage Plays

  • Communications was produced at the York Street Theatre, Ottawa, the Edmonton Theatre Festival, the Manotik Fringe Festival, City of Ottawa Festival of Spring as well as at Dinner Theatre in several cities.
  • Directed Bernard Shaw's "A Village Wooing", the Manotik Fringe Festival, 1992.
  • Directing "Love Letters" for the 1993 Manotik Theatre Festival.

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