William G. Unruh is a professor of physics at the University of British Columbia. His research includes contributions to general relativity and, with Stephen Hawking, refining the foundations of quantum mechanics in relation to black holes. Unruh is a Fellow of the Royal Society of both London and Canada and is a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He holds the Rutherford Medal from the Royal Society of Canada as well as the Herzberg Medal and the Medal of Achievement from the Canadian Association of Physicists. Unruh will collaborate with faculty and students in the College of Science.