When the Dunlap family made their landmark donation in 2008, their gift created the Dunlap Endowment, which supports the ongoing work of the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics and its faculty, postdocs, students and staff. Moffat and his brother David M. Dunlap (BASc 1961; Hon LLD 2011) were enthusiastic and dedicated champions of the Dunlap Institute, which undertakes exciting research that is particularly strong in radio astronomy and the study of pulsars and magnetism.
Today, Dunlap Institute astronomers and astrophysicists are active in diverse locations including remote mountains, the high arctic, and the South Pole, where researchers observe cosmic microwave background radiation to understand the earliest years of the universe. Dunlap faculty members have made breakthroughs in understanding the mysterious and invisible dark matter, and helped prove that low-frequency gravitational waves make our entire universe hum.
“The Dunlap Institute has grown into an international powerhouse,” said Melanie Woodin, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science. “It applies innovative instrumentation, prepares leaders, and brings the excitement of astronomy to the public through engaging outreach initiatives. I know that there are tremendous things in store and that many decades of achievement that lie in the future. Moffat Dunlap’s generosity has allowed us to make the wonders of the universe available to everyone.”