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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Ajay Kapur age 37 Ajay Kapur is a computer scientist, musician, and educator known for his pioneering work in musical robotics and electronic instrument design. He has toured internationally with his custom ...more

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Alain Fournier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Alain Fournier Died at 57 (1943-2000) Alain Fournier was a computer graphics researcher.

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Alexander Dewdney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Alexander Dewdney age 76 Alexander Keewatin Dewdney is a Canadian mathematician, computer scientist, author, filmmaker, and conspiracy theorist. Dewdney is the son of Canadian artist and author Selwyn Dewdney, and ...more

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Alfred Aho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Alfred Aho age 76 Alfred Vaino Aho 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 of computer

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Anind Dey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Anind Dey age 47 Anind Dey is a computer scientist. He is the Charles M. Geschke Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests lie at the intersection ...more

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Barry J. Mailloux is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Barry J. Mailloux Barry James Mailloux 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 al ...more

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Brian Kernighan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Brian Kernighan age 76 Brian Wilson Kernighan is a Canadian computer scientist who worked at Bell Labs alongside Unix creators Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie and contributed to the development of Unix. He is also ...more

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Bruce Reed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
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.

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Calvin Gotlieb is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Calvin Gotlieb age 97 Calvin Carl "Kelly" Gotlieb, CM FRSC is a Canadian professor and computer scientist who has been called the "Father of Computing" in Canada. He is Professor Emeritus in ...more

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Carlisle Adams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Carlisle Adams Carlisle M. Adams is a 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 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Charles Rosen Died at 85 (1917-2002) Charles Rosen was a pioneer in artificial intelligence and founder of SRI International's Artificial Intelligence Center. He led the project that led to the development of Shakey the Robot, ...more

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Charlotte Froese Fischer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Charlotte Froese Fischer age 88 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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Claude Crépeau is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Claude Crépeau age 56 Dr. 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 Masters degree from the ...more

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Daniel Gottesman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Daniel Gottesman age 48 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, ...more

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David A. Thomas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
David A. Thomas David A. Thomas is a well-known figure in modern software development and object technology. Thomas took undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, ...more

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David Avis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
David Avis age 67 David Michael Avis is a Canadian and British computer scientist known for his contributions to geometric computations. Avis is a professor in computational geometry and applied mathematics in ...more

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David François Huynh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada

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David G. Lowe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
David G. Lowe David G. Lowe is a Canadian computer scientist and a professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of British Columbia. Lowe is a researcher in computer vision, and is the ...more

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David Megginson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
David Megginson age 54 David Megginson is a Canadian computer software consultant and developer, specializing in open source software development and application. He was the lead developer and original maintainer of ...more

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David Parnas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
David Parnas age 77 David Lorge Parnas is a Canadian early pioneer of software engineering, who developed the concept of information hiding in modular programming, which is an important element of object-oriented ...more

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Donald B. Gillies is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Donald B. Gillies Died at 46 (1929-1975) Donald Bruce Gillies was a Canadian mathematician and computer scientist, known for his work in game theory, computer design, and minicomputer programming environments.

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Doug Stinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Doug Stinson age 62 Douglas Robert Stinson is a Canadian mathematician and cryptographer, currently a professor at the University of Waterloo and a member of the Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research. Stinson ...more

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Eric C. R. Hehner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Eric C. R. Hehner age 70 Eric C. R. Hehner, called Rick, is a Canadian computer scientist. Eric Hehner was born on 16 September 1947 in Ottawa. He studied mathematics and physics at Carleton University, obtaining his ...more

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Erik Demaine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Erik Demaine age 37 Erik D. Demaine is a professor of Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a former child prodigy.

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Geoffrey Hinton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Geoffrey Hinton age 70 Geoffrey Everest Hinton FRS is a British-born cognitive psychologist and computer scientist, most noted for his work on artificial neural networks. He now divides his time working for Google and ...more

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George N. Farr is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada

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Gerry Morgan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Gerry Morgan age 64 Gerry Morgan is a Canadian entrepreneur and educator specializing in ICT and creating working private-public partnerships. He has worked within the Canadian schooling system for almost 20 years. ...more

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Gilles Brassard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Gilles Brassard age 63 Gilles Brassard, OC FRS FRSC is a faculty member of the Université de Montréal, where he has been a Full Professor since 1988 and Canada Research Chair since 2001.

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Godfried Toussaint is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Godfried Toussaint Godfried T. Toussaint is a Professor of Computer Science and the Head of the Computer Science Program at New York University Abu Dhabi in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He does research on ...more

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Gordon Agnew is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Gordon Agnew Gordon B. Agnew is an engineering professor at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada. Agnew's primary research interests are in the fields of encryption and data security. He received ...more

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Gregor Kiczales is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Gregor Kiczales age 57 Gregor Kiczales is a professor of computer science at the University of British Columbia in Canada. His best-known work is on aspect-oriented programming and the AspectJ extension for Java at ...more

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Gregory Dudek is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Gregory Dudek age 60 Gregory Dudek is a professor of computer science at McGill University, was the Director of the McGill Center for Intelligent Machines from 2004 to 2007, and is the current Director of the McGill ...more

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Ian Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Ian Goldberg age 45 Ian Avrum Goldberg is a cryptographer and cypherpunk. He is best known for breaking Netscape's implementation of SSL, and for his role as chief scientist of Radialpoint, a Canadian software ...more

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J. Alan George is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
J. Alan George age 74 J. Alan George, FRSC is a computer scientist and university administrator. In the academic world, George is best known for his intensive research and wide-ranging contributions to the field of ...more

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Jack Edmonds is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Jack Edmonds age 84 Jack R. Edmonds is an American computer scientist, regarded as one of the most important contributors to the field of combinatorial optimization. He was the recipient of the 1985 John von ...more

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James Cordy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
James Cordy age 68 James Reginald Cordy is a Canadian computer scientist and educator who is a Professor in the School of Computing at Queen's University. As a researcher he is currently active in the fields of ...more

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James Gosling is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
James Gosling age 62 James Arthur Gosling, OC is a Canadian computer scientist, best known as the father of the Java programming language.

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John E. L. Peck is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
John E. L. Peck John Edward Lancelot Peck was the first permanent Head of Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. He remained the Head of Department from 1969 to 1977. He was one ...more

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John McCutchan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada

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John Paul Morrison is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
John Paul Morrison age 81 John Paul Rodker Morrison is a British-born Canadian computer programmer, and the inventor of flow-based programming. He is the author of the book Flow-Based Programming: A New Approach to ...more

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Jonathan Dursi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Jonathan Dursi age 46 Lewis Jonathan Dursi is a Canadian astrophysicist at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. He currently serves as a Senior Research Associate. Born in ...more

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Jonathan Schaeffer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Jonathan Schaeffer age 61 Jonathan Herbert Schaeffer is a Canadian researcher and professor at the University of Alberta and the Canada Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence. He led the team that wrote Chinook, the ...more

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Josef Kates is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Josef Kates age 96 Dr. Josef Kates is a Canadian engineer whose achievements include designing the first digital game-playing machine, and the world's first automated traffic signalling system.

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Kenneth E. Iverson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Kenneth E. Iverson Died at 84 (1920-2004) Kenneth Eugene Iverson was a Canadian computer scientist noted for the development of the APL programming language in 1962. He was honored with the Turing Award in 1979 for his contributions to ...more

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Michael Barr is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Michael Barr Michael Barr is Peter Redpath Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics at McGill University. Although his earlier work was in homological algebra, his principal research area for a number of years ...more

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Michael Gurstein is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Michael Gurstein age 73 Michael Gurstein, Ph.D. is a Canadian best known for his work in the development and definition of community informatics as the area of research and practice concerned with enabling and ...more

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Michael H. Albert is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Michael H. Albert age 55 Michael Henry Albert is a mathematician and computer scientist, originally from Canada, and currently a professor and the head of the computer science department at the University of Otago in ...more

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Mohamed Elmasry is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Mohamed Elmasry age 74 Mohamed Elmasry is a Canadian engineering professor, imam, and has been a leader in the Canadian Muslim community. He was born in Cairo, Egypt and received his Bachelor of Science in 1965 from ...more

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Murray Campbell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Murray Campbell Murray Campbell is a Canadian computer scientist. He is a Senior Manager in the Business Analytics and Mathematical Sciences Department at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown ...more

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Paul Thagard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from Canada
Paul Thagard age 67 Paul Thagard is a Canadian philosopher who specializes in philosophy, cognitive science, and the philosophy of science. Thagard is currently a professor of Philosophy at the University of ...more