Curriculum Vitae: Prof. B. M. Quine

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1993-1996 University of Oxford, Engineering Science Department, Robotics Research Group, doctoral research on Spacecraft Guidance Systems funded by Matra Marconi Space Systems Ltd. and The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

1990-1993 University of Bristol, Physics Department.

1982-1989 Simon Langton Grammar School, Canterbury, Kent.


1997 D.Phil in Spacecraft Guidance Systems, University of Oxford.

1993 First Class BSc. Honours Degree in Physics, University of Bristol.


2010 Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute's Alouette award for the Contribution of Argus to the CanX-2 micro-satellite mission (awarded to York University as a member of the CanX-2 team). The Alouette is an award introduced to recognize an outstanding contribution to advancement in Canadian space technology, applications, science or engineering (further details here).

1993-1996 Three-Year Industrial Fellowship—The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 (one of up to six awarded annually).

1993 University of Bristol Raychem Physics Prize.

1990-1993 Three-Year Stipendiary Sponsorship—British Aerospace Space Systems Ltd., Earth Observation and Science Division (now EADS Astrium Ltd.).


2007- Associate Professor, Space Engineering, Department of Earth, Space Science, and Engineering, York University.

2007- Associate Professor, Planetary Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, York University.

2003-2007  Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, York University. 

2002  Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Toronto. 

2000-2002 Research Associate, Department of Physics, University of Toronto. 

1997-2000 Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Physics, University of Toronto.

1996-1997 AOCS Technology Engineer, Guidance, Navigation and Control Department, Matra Marconi Space U.K. Ltd. (now EADS Astrium). Specialization in new technology developments and new projects.

1994 Instructor for Matlab and Lotus 123 practical classes to undergraduates at the University of Oxford (spring term).

1989-1992 Apprentice Engineer (one year and two three month placements), British Aerospace Space Systems Ltd.

Current Research Interests

Space Engineering, Atmospheric Physics, Navigation Systems, Multi-Sensor Data Fusion, Estimation (Extended Kalman Filters), Fault Detection, Star-Pattern Identification.


Contributions to practical applications of knowledge

2011 B. M. Quine. Commercialisation of the Argus miniaturised spectrometer. The first commercial Argus micro-spectrometer unit was launched into space on SRMSAT-1 in October 2011, the second Argus unit to fly in space. Other units are slated for space flight. This technology is based on the instrument developed for the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies CanX-2 spacecraft and is now commercialised by Thoth Technology Inc. 

2008 B. M. Quine. Space Elevator, US Patent Application Publication, 2010/0163683, March 10. The application is now subdivided into four separate patents and is under examination in the United Kingdom and awaiting examination in the United States and in Canada. 

2005 B. M. Quine, A pointing-control system for high-altitude ballooning, technology transfer to Scientific Instrumentation Ltd. of Saskatchewan, Canada. 

2001- The applicant is a co-founder of Thoth Technology Inc. a Canadian space and defence company. Thoth develops innovative new space products and provides space services including the certification of space equipment and Deep Space Network (DSN). Thoth’s clients and end-clients include leading space companies from around the world. The laboratory has provided or tested equipment for a wide variety of space missions sponsored by agencies including the Canadian Space Agency, the European Space Agency, Eutelsat, Intelsat, JAXA, NASA and the Canadian DND.



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