OTTAWA—In 1985 J. Richard Bond, then associate professor of physics at Stanford University, returned to his alma mater, the University of Toronto, to spend a year at its Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics. Last June, despite the attractive climate and an offer of tenure from Stanford, the 36-year-old Canadian decided to stay in Toronto.

The choice is unusual for citizens of a country that has traditionally lost its best scientists to its southern neighbor. The deciding factor was the young, non-profit Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR).

By making him a Fellow of its cosmology program, the CIAR was able to offer him conditions rarely found in Canada: freedom to pursue his interests without teaching or administrative duties, the opportunity to work with the best people in his field regardless of where they are located, and a salary and benefits competitive with those in leading research centers around the world....

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