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

This list has everything from Michael Smith to Herbert Henry Dow.

This historic chemists from Canada list can help answer the questions "Who are some Canadian chemists of note?" and "Who are the most famous chemists from Canada?" These prominent chemists of Canada may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Canadian chemists.

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Ariel Fenster is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
age 75 Ariel Fenster is science promoter and lecturer in chemistry at McGill University and a founding member of the Office for Science and Society. He holds a Master's degree from the University of ...more

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Arthur Carty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
age 78 Arthur J. Carty, OC FRSC, is a Canadian academic and former National Science Advisor to the Government of Canada. Carty is executive director of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology at the ...more

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Benoît Roux is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Benoît Roux, Ph.D., is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at the University of Chicago. He has previously taught at University of Montreal and Weill Medical College of ...more

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Bertram Fraser-Reid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
age 85 Bertram Oliver "Bert" Fraser-Reid is a synthetic organic chemist who has been widely recognised for his work using carbohydrates as starting materials for chiral materials and on the ...more

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Bev Vincent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
age 57 Bev Vincent is best known as the author of The Road to the Dark Tower, the Bram Stoker Award nominated, authorised companion to Stephen King's Dark Tower series and The Stephen King Illustrated ...more

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Camille Sandorfy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Dec. at 86 (1920-2006) Camille Sandorfy, OC CQ FRSC was a Canadian quantum chemist. Born in Budapest, Hungary, he received his Bachelor of Science in 1943 and Ph.D. in chemistry in 1946 from the University of Szeged. ...more

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Chandre Dharma-wardana is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Chandre Dharma-wardana is a Sri Lankan-born academic and scientist. A former President of Vidyodaya Campus, he is currently a Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Université de ...more

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Charles F. Goodeve is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Charles F. Goodeve Dec. at 76 (1904-1980) Sir Charles Frederick Goodeve, OBE, FRS, was a Canadian chemist and pioneer in operations research for the British. During World War II, he was instrumental in developing the ...more

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Charles Thomas Beer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Charles Thomas Beer Dec. at 95 (1915-2010) Charles Thomas Beer, CM was a Canadian organic chemist who helped in the discovery of Vinblastine. Born in Leigh, Dorset, England, he received a D.Phil in Chemistry from Oxford in 1948. He came ...more

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Charlotte Froese Fischer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
age 89 Charlotte Froese Fischer is a Canadian-American applied mathematician and computer scientist who gained world recognition for the development and implementation of the Multi-Configurational ...more

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Donald Mackay is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
age 82 Donald Mackay, OC OOnt is a Canadian scientist specializing in environmental chemistry. He was a member of the faculty of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto ...more

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Edgar William Richard Steacie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Dec. at 62 (1900-1962) Edgar William Richard Steacie, OBE FRS was a Canadian physical chemist and president of the National Research Council of Canada from 1952 to 1962.

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Fernand Seguin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Fernand Seguin Dec. at 66 (1922-1988) Fernand Seguin, CC OQ was a Canadian biochemist, professor and host of science programs on radio and television.

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George Connell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
age 88 George Edward Connell, OC FRSC was a Canadian academic. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Connell studied at Upper Canada College in Toronto and graduated in 1947. He then attended the University ...more

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Gerhard Herzberg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Dec. at 95 (1904-1999) Gerhard Heinrich Friedrich Otto Julius Herzberg, PC CC FRSC FRS was a German-Canadian pioneering physicist and physical chemist, who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1971, "for his ...more

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Harry Gunning is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Dec. at 86 (1916-2002) Harry Emmet Gunning, OC was a Canadian scientist and administrator. Born in Toronto, Ontario, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master of Arts degree, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in ...more

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Henry Taube is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Dec. at 90 (1915-2005) Henry Taube, Ph.D, M.Sc, B.Sc., FRSC was a Canadian-born American chemist noted for having been awarded the 1983 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for "his work in the mechanisms of ...more

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Herbert Henry Dow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Dec. at 64 (1866-1930) Herbert Henry Dow was a Canadian born, American chemical industrialist. He was a graduate of Case School of Applied Science in Cleveland, Ohio. His most significant achievement was the founding ...more

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Howard Alper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
age 77 Howard Alper, OC FRSC is a Canadian chemist. He is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Ottawa. He is best known for his research of catalysis in chemistry. Born in Montreal, Quebec, he ...more

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Howard Charles Clark is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
age 89 Howard Charles Clark, FRSC FCIC is a Canadian chemist and university administrator. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Clark was educated at Takapuna Grammar School and received a Bachelor of ...more

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Isydore Hlynka is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Isydore Hlynka Dec. at 74 (1909-1983) Isydore Hlynka was a Canadian biochemist, and Ukrainian Canadian community leader. He was born in the village of Denysiw, near Ternopil, Ukraine. He came to Canada at age one in 1910 with his ...more

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Jack Halpern is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
age 94 Jack Halpern is an inorganic chemist, the Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago. Born in Poland, he moved to Canada in 1929 and the United States ...more

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James E. Gill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Dec. at 79 (1901-1980) James Edward Gill was a scientist, teacher, explorer and mine developer. Along with William R. James, Sr. he discovered the high-grade iron ore deposits of Quebec and Labrador. He is remembered ...more

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Jan Veizer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
age 77 Ján Veizer is the Distinguished University Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Ottawa and Institute for Geology, Mineralogy und Geophysis, of Bochum Ruhr University. He held ...more

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John Polanyi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
age 90 John Charles Polanyi, PC CC FRSC OOnt FRS is a Hungarian-Canadian chemist who won the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for his research in chemical kinetics. Polanyi was educated at Manchester ...more