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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.

Use this list of renowned Canadian chemists to discover some new chemists that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (55 items)
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Ariel Fenster is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Age: 75

Birthplace: Bergerac, France

Ariel Fenster (born April 18, 1943, in Bergerac, France) is an award-winning Canadian science educator, chemist, and founding member of McGill University's Office for Science and Society. ...more
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Arthur Carty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Age: 78

Birthplace: Rowlands Gill, United Kingdom

Arthur J. Carty, (born 12 September 1940), is a Canadian academic and former National Science Advisor to the Government of Canada. Carty was the inaugural director of the Waterloo Institute for ...more
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Benoît Roux is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada

Birthplace: Canada

Benoît Roux, Ph.D., is an Amgen Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at the University of Chicago. He has previously taught at University of Montreal and Weill Medical ...more
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Bertram Fraser-Reid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Age: 85

Birthplace: Jamaica

Bertram Oliver "Bert" Fraser-Reid (born 23 February 1934) is a Jamaican synthetic organic chemist who has been widely recognised for his work using carbohydrates as starting materials ...more
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Bev Vincent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Age: 57

Birthplace: New Brunswick, Canada

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
Camille Sandorfy Dec. at 86 (1920-2006)

Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Camille Sandorfy, (9 December 1920 – 6 June 2006) was a Hungarian - Canadian quantum chemist. Born in Budapest, Hungary, he received his Bachelor of Science in 1943 and Ph.D. in chemistry in ...more
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Chandre Dharma-wardana ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada

Birthplace: Sri Lanka

Chandre Dharma-wardana is a Sri Lankan-born academic and scientist. A former President of Vidyodaya Campus (now the University of Sri Jayewardenepura), he is currently a professor of theoretical ...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)

Birthplace: Neepawa, Canada

Sir Charles Frederick Goodeve (21 February 1904 – 7 April 1980) was a Canadian chemist and pioneer in operations research for the British. During World War II, he was instrumental in developing ...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)

Birthplace: Leigh, England

Charles Thomas Beer, (18 November 1915 – 15 June 2010) was a Canadian organic chemist who helped in the discovery of vinblastine. Born in Leigh, Dorset, England, he received a D.Phil in ...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 (born 1929) is a Canadian-American applied mathematician and computer scientist who gained world recognition for the development and implementation of the ...more
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Donald Mackay is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Age: 82

Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom

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 St... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Dec. at 62 (1900-1962)

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Edgar William Richard Steacie, (December 25, 1900 – August 28, 1962) 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)

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Fernand Seguin, (June 9, 1922 – June 19, 1988) 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

Birthplace: Saskatoon, Canada

George Connell may refer to: George Connell (biochemist) (1930–2015), Canadian academic George Connell (mayor) (1871–1955), U.S. Republican politician George Heber Connell (1836–1881), merchant ...more
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Gerhard Herzberg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Dec. at 95 (1904-1999)

Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

Gerhard Heinrich Friedrich Otto Julius Herzberg, (December 25, 1904 – March 3, 1999) was a German-Canadian pioneering physicist and physical chemist, who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in ...more
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Harry Gunning is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Dec. at 86 (1916-2002)

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Harry Emmet Gunning, (December 16, 1916 – November 24, 2002) was a Canadian scientist and administrator. Born in Toronto, Ontario, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master of Arts degree, ...more
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Henry Taube is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Dec. at 90 (1915-2005)

Birthplace: Neudorf, Canada

Henry Taube, Ph.D, M.Sc, B.Sc., FRSC (November 30, 1915 – November 16, 2005) was a Canadian-born American chemist noted for having been awarded the 1983 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for "his ...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)

Birthplace: Belleville, Canada

Herbert Henry Dow (February 26, 1866 – October 15, 1930) was a Canadian-born American chemical industrialist, best known as the founder of the American multinational conglomerate Dow Chemical. ...more
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Howard Alper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Age: 77

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Howard Alper , (born October 17, 1941) 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 ...more
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Howard Charles Clark is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Age: 89

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Howard Charles Clark, (born 4 September 1929) is a Canadian chemist and university administrator. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Clark was educated at Takapuna Grammar School and received a ...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 (February 17, 1909 – May 18, 1983) was a Canadian biochemist, and Ukrainian Canadian community leader. He was born in the village of Denysiw, near Ternopil, Ukraine. He came to ...more
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Jack Halpern is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Age: 94

Birthplace: Poland

Jack Halpern (19 January 1925 – 31 January 2018) was an inorganic chemist, the Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago. Born in Poland, he moved to ...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)

Birthplace: Nelson, Canada

James Edward Gill (1901 – January 26, 1980) 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 ...more
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Jan Veizer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Age: 77

Birthplace: Slovakia

Ján Veizer (born June 22, 1941) is the Distinguished University Professor (emeritus) of Earth Sciences at the University of Ottawa and Institute for Geology, Mineralogy und Geophysis, of ...more
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John Polanyi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Chemists from Canada
Age: 90

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

John Charles Polanyi, (born 23 January 1929) is a Hungarian-Canadian chemist who won the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for his research in chemical kinetics. Polanyi was born in Berlin, Germany ...more