Famous Astronomers from Canada

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List of notable or famous astronomers from Canada, with bios and photos, including the top astronomers born in Canada and even some popular astronomers who immigrated to Canada. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Canadian astronomers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These astronomers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known astronomer from Canada is included when available.

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Dr. Andrew McKellar was a Canadian astronomer. He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to Scottish parents, one of six children of John H. and Mary Littleson McKellar. He studied mathematics and physics at the University of British Columbia, graduating in 1930. He began graduate studies at the University of California, being awarded his M.S. in 1932 and a Ph.D. the following year. Applying to the United States National Research Council, he was awarded a post-doctoral study program for two years at MIT. In 1935 he joined the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, where he performed research into astrophysics. He was married to Mary Crouch in 1938, and the couple bore two children, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 50 (1910-1960)

Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

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Bruce A. McIntosh was a Canadian astrophysicist who worked at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. His main area of research was meteors and asteroids. He was awarded the Czech Academy of Science gold medal for joint research on meteors with the Czechs. The Radar Meteor Survey he carried out with Peter Millman remains the benchmark to this day. A main belt asteroid was named after him in 1988. Its proper name is 5061 McIntosh and has an absolute magnitude of 12.4. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 90

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Clarence Augustus Chant was a Canadian astronomer and physicist. He was born in Hagermans Corners, Ontario to Christopher Chant and Elizabeth Croft. In 1882 he attended Markham High School, where he demonstrated a mathematical ability. After graduation he attended St. Catherines Collegiate Institute and York County Model School in Toronto. He left to work as an instructor in 1884, and taught at Maxwell, Osprey Township for the following three years. By 1887 he began studying mathematics and physics at the University College of the University of Toronto. Upon graduation in 1890 he became a civil servant in Ottawa, working as a temporary clerk in the office of the Auditor General. Due to the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 91 (1865-1956)

Birthplace: Hagermans Corners, Ontario, Canada

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David Charbonneau is a Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University. His research focuses on the development of novel techniques for the detection and characterization of planets orbiting nearby, Sun-like stars. These distant worlds are called exoplanets. As a graduate student in 1999, he used a 4-inch telescope to make the first detection of an exoplanet eclipsing its parent star, which yielded the first ever constraint on the composition of a planet outside the Solar system. Charbonneau was a founding member of the Trans-Atlantic Exoplanet Survey, which used a worldwide network of humble automated telescopes to survey hundreds of thousands of stars to detect 5 more exoplanets by this ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 45

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