Dr. William Bobier named Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Dr. William Bobier headshotDr. William Bobier from the School of Optometry & Vision Science has been named Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the University of Waterloo, in recognition of his decades of leadership, teaching excellence and advocacy for the profession of optometry.

A graduate of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science, Dr. Bobier spent some time in private practice before returning to Waterloo to complete a M.Sc. in Physiological Optics, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge.

Dr. Bobier’s research investigates the relationship between refractive error, accommodation, and binocular motor coordination in the developing visual system of infants and children. He has been the recipient of numerous grants, including one of the first grants from the Canadian Optometric Education Trust Fund.

Dr. Bobier joined the School of Optometry & Vision Science faculty in 1987. He has served on countless committees and administrative bodies at the departmental, faculty and university levels including terms as associate director (1999-2002) and School director (2002-2005). In 2017, Dr. Bobier received the School of Optometry & Vision Science’s Distinguished Alumni of Honour Award.

Within the optometric profession, Dr. Bobier has represented the School on numerous committees and governing boards, including the College of Optometrists of Ontario, the Ontario Association of Optometrists, the Council of Ontario Universities Clinical Education Committee and the Eye Health Council of Ontario. He also holds memberships in the Cambridge Philosophical Society, the British College of Optometrists, the American Academy of Optometry and holds optometric licensure with the College of Optometrists of Ontario.

He will be appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the 2021-2022 Spring Convocation.

Read more about Dr. Bobier’s career in his School of Optometry & Vision Science profile page.

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