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Canadian Astronaut Candidate David Saint-Jacques (CSA) Portrait
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2009 Canadian Astronaut Candidate David Saint-Jacques 8" x 10" Full Colour Portrait


This is a borderless 8 x 10 Photograph on Fuji/Kodak Paper

The actual print is sharper and more detailed than on the online image.

This is a superior quality photograph, suitable for autographing, matting or framing; great for collecting the autographs of the astronauts. 


PERSONAL DATA: Born January 6, 1970 in Quebec City, Canada and raised in Saint-Lambert near Montreal, Canada. He is currently engaged. He is a lifelong mountaineer, cyclist, skier and passionate sailor. Saint-Jacques is fluent in English and French, and has basic knowledge of Spanish and Japanese.

EDUCATION: Saint-Jacques earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Engineering Physics from École polytechnique de Montréal, Canada (1993). He earned a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Cambridge University, UK (1998), where his studies included theoretical work on astronomical observation and design, fabrication and commissioning of instruments for the Cambridge Optical Aperture Synthesis Telescope and for the William Herschel Telescope in the Canary Islands. He earned his M.D. from Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada (2005) and completed his family medicine residency at McGill University in Montreal, Canada (2007), where his training focused on first-line, isolated medical practice.

ORGANIZATIONS: Collège des médecins du Québec. College of Family Physicians of Canada. Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. International Society for Optical Engineering. Life Fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society.

SPECIAL HONORS: Canada Millennium Scholarship (2001-2005). Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship (1999-2001). Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada “1967” Science and Engineering Scholarship (1994-1998). Canadian Space Agency Supplement Scholarship (1994-1998). Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Honorary Scholar (1994-1998). United Kingdom Overseas Research Student Award (1994-1998). Canada Scholarship (1989-1993).

EXPERIENCE: Prior to joining the Canadian Space Program, Saint-Jacques was a medical doctor and the Co-chief of Medicine at Inuulitsivik Health Centre in Puvirnituq, Canada, an Arctic village on Hudson’s Bay. He also worked as a Clinical Faculty Lecturer for McGill University's Faculty of Medicine supervising medical trainees in Nunavik. Saint-Jacques began his career as a biomedical engineer, working on the design of radiological equipment for angiography. His broad scientific background also includes astrophysics and medical training. His postdoctoral research included the development and application of the Mitaka Infrared Interferometer in Japan and the Subaru Telescope Adaptive Optics System in Hawaii (1999-2001), after which he joined the Astrophysics group at Université de Montréal. His international experience also includes engineering study and work in France and Hungary, and medical training in Lebanon and Guatemala.

NASA EXPERIENCE: Saint-Jacques was selected in May 2009 by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and has moved to Houston to be one of 14 members of the 20th NASA astronaut class. He is currently in Astronaut Candidate Training that includes scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station systems, Extravehicular Activity (EVA), robotics, physiological training, T-38 flight training, Russian language and water and wilderness survival training.



David Saint-Jacques (ENG., Ph.D., M.D.)
CSA Astronaut Candidate