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Famous Computer Scientists from Canada

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

People here include everything from Daniel Gottesman to James Gosling.

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

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    Ajay Kapur

    Age: 39

    BirthplaceIndia

    BirthplaceIndia

    Ajay Kapur (born 1980) is a computer scientist, musician, entrepreneur and educator known for his pioneering work in musical robotics and electronic instrument design. He has toured internationally...  more
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    Alain Fournier

    Dec. at 57 (1943-2000)
    Alain Fournier (1943–2000) was a computer graphics researcher....  more
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    BirthplaceCanada, Ontario, London, Americas

    BirthplaceCanada, Ontario, London, Americas

    Alexander Keewatin Dewdney (born August 5, 1941) is a Canadian mathematician, computer scientist, author, filmmaker, and conspiracy theorist. Dewdney is the son of Canadian artist and author Selwyn...  more
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    Alfred Aho

    Age: 79

    BirthplaceCanada, Timmins, Ontario, Cochrane District, Northeastern Ontario

    BirthplaceCanada, Timmins, Ontario, Cochrane District, Northeastern Ontario

    Alfred Vaino Aho (born August 9, 1941) is a Canadian computer scientist best known for his work on programming languages, compilers, and related algorithms, and his textbooks on the art and science...  more
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    Anind Dey

    Age: 50
    Anind Dey is a computer scientist. He is the Dean of the University of Washington Information School. Dey is formerly the director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon...  more
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    Barry James Mailloux (died 26 May 1982) obtained his M.Sc in Numerical Analysis in 1963. From 1966 he studied at Amsterdam's Mathematisch Centrum under Adriaan van Wijngaarden. He was the "first et...  more
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    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Brian Wilson Kernighan (; born January 1, 1942) is a Canadian computer scientist. He worked at Bell Labs and contributed to the development of Unix alongside Unix creators Ken Thompson and Dennis...  more
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    Bruce Reed

    Bruce Alan Reed FRSC is a Canadian mathematician and computer scientist, the Canada Research Chair in Graph Theory and a professor of computer science at McGill University....  more
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    Calvin Carl "Kelly" Gotlieb, (March 27, 1921 – October 16, 2016) was a Canadian professor and computer scientist who has been called the "Father of Computing" in Canada. He was a Professor in...  more
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    Carlisle M. Adams is a Canadian cryptographer and computer security researcher. Formerly senior cryptographer at Entrust, he is currently a professor at the University of Ottawa. His notable work...  more
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    Charles Rosen

    Dec. at 85 (1917-2002)
    Charles Rosen (December 7, 1917 – December 8, 2002) was a pioneer in artificial intelligence and founder of SRI International's Artificial Intelligence Center. He led the project that led to the...  more
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    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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    Claude Crépeau is a professor in the School of Computer Science at McGill University. Ηe was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in 1962. He received a master's degree from the Université de Montréal...  more
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    Daniel Gottesman is a physicist, known for his work regarding quantum error correction, in particular the invention of the stabilizer formalism for quantum error-correcting codes, and the...  more
  • 15
    Object Technology International (OTI) was founded in Ottawa, Ontario (Canada) in 1988 and acquired by IBM in 1996. OTI, in conjunction with the IBM development lab in Cary, NC, developed the...  more
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    David Avis

    Age: 69

    BirthplaceCanada

    BirthplaceCanada

    David Michael Avis (born March 20, 1951) is a Canadian and British computer scientist known for his contributions to geometric computations. Avis is a professor in computational geometry and applied...  more
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    BirthplaceHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    BirthplaceHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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    David G. Lowe

    David G. Lowe is a Canadian computer scientist working for Google as a Senior Research Scientist. He was a former professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of British Columbia...  more
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    David Megginson (born 1964) is a Canadian computer software consultant and developer, specializing in open-source software development and application. He was the lead developer and original...  more
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    David Lorge Parnas (born February 10, 1941) is a Canadian early pioneer of software engineering, who developed the concept of information hiding in modular programming, which is an important element...  more
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    Donald B. Gillies

    Dec. at 46 (1929-1975)

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Donald Bruce Gillies (October 15, 1928 – July 17, 1975) was a Canadian computer scientist and mathematician who worked in the fields of computer design, game theory, and minicomputer programming...  more
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    BirthplaceGuelph, Canada

    BirthplaceGuelph, Canada

    Douglas Robert Stinson (born 1956 in Guelph, Ontario) is a Canadian mathematician and cryptographer, currently a professor at the University of Waterloo and a member of the Centre for Applied...  more
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    BirthplaceOttawa, Canada

    BirthplaceOttawa, Canada

    Eric C.R. Hehner, called Rick, is a Canadian computer scientist. He was born on 16 September 1947 in Ottawa. He studied mathematics and physics at Carleton University, graduating in 1969. He gained a...  more
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    BirthplaceHalifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

    BirthplaceHalifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

    Erik D. Demaine (born 28 February 1981) is a professor of Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a former child prodigy....  more
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    BirthplaceWimbledon, London, United Kingdom

    BirthplaceWimbledon, London, United Kingdom

    Geoffrey Everest Hinton (born 6 December 1947) is an English Canadian cognitive psychologist and computer scientist, most noted for his work on artificial neural networks. Since 2013 he divides his...  more