Famous Astronomers from Canada

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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  • Andrew McKellar, MBE, FRSC (February 2, 1910 – May 6, 1960) was a Canadian astronomer who first detected the presence of molecular matter in interstellar space, and found the first evidence of the cosmic radiation left over from the Big Bang. 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 ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 50 (1910-1960)
    • Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
  • Bruce A. McIntosh (October 30, 1929 – February 15, 2015) 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 (1988 DJ) and has an absolute magnitude of 12.4.
    • Age: 94
  • Clarence Augustus Chant (May 31, 1865 – November 18, 1956) was a Canadian astronomer and physicist.
    • Age: Dec. at 91 (1865-1956)
    • Birthplace: Hagermans Corners, Ontario, Canada
  • David Brian Charbonneau is a Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University. His research focuses on the development of novel techniques for the detection and characterization of exoplanets orbiting nearby, Sun-like stars.
    • Age: 49
  • David H. Levy
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    David H. Levy (born May 22, 1948) is a Canadian astronomer, science writer and discoverer of comets and minor planets, who co-discovered Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 in 1993, which collided with the planet Jupiter in 1994.
    • Age: 74
    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
  • Frank Scott Hogg (June 26, 1904 – January 1, 1951) was born to Dr. James Scott Hogg and Ida Barberon in Preston, Ontario. After earning and undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, Hogg received the second doctorate in astronomy awarded at Harvard University in 1929 where he pioneered in the study of spectrophotometry of stars and of spectra of comets. His supervisor there was Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin. During World War II, he developed a two-star sextant for air navigation. He was the head of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Toronto and director of the David Dunlap Observatory from 1946 until his death. During this time he pursued the observatory's major ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 46 (1904-1951)
    • Birthplace: Canada