Famous Historians from Canada

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

This list is made up of people like Emma Donoghue and Lester B. Pearson.

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

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  • Andrew Godefroy CD, M.A., Ph.D. is a Canadian strategic analyst and science and technology historian noted for his work in innovation studies, organizational design, space programs, and military history.
    • Age: 51
    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
  • Arthur R. M. Lower
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    Arthur Reginald Marsden Lower (August 12, 1889 – January 7, 1988) was a noted Canadian historian and "liberal nationalist" interested in Canadian economic history, particularly the forest trade, and in Canadian-U.S. relations. He was the most nationalistic of Canadian historians, and highly distrustful of immigrants, Americans and any others outside of what he considered to be the Canadian family. The staple theory of Harold Innis influenced his research, much of which focused on the Canadian lumber industry. He was also strongly influenced by the ideas of American historian Frederick Jackson Turner regarding the influence of the frontier—The West—on distinctly American characteristics. Lower was an outdoorsman who not only loved nature, but emphasized the role of The North in shaping Canada.Lower was born in Barrie, Ontario to a dysfunctional family. He studied history at the University of Toronto and Harvard University, where he obtained his doctorate. During World War I he served as an officer in the Royal Navy. Lower taught history at Tufts College, Massachusetts, at Harvard and at United College, Winnipeg, where he chaired the Department of History for eighteen years. In 1944 he became professor of History at Queen's University, Kingston, a position he held until his retirement in 1959.
    • Age: Dec. at 98 (1889-1988)
    • Birthplace: Barrie, Canada
  • Barry Sheehy
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    Barry Sheehy

    Barry Sheehy is the author or contributing author of several books and over fifty published papers and articles. His writings have appeared in anthologies alongside of those of Presidents Clinton and Bush, former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan and business leaders such as Lou Gerstner, Jack Welch and Michael Dell. He holds degrees from Loyola and McGill Universities. Mr. Sheehy’s lifelong passion for history has continued since his early years as a decorated officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. His focus eventually turned to America’s most complete, surviving, antebellum southern city – Savannah, Georgia. After many years of exhaustive research, Sheehy began the task of developing the four-volume Civil War Savannah series in 2005. With rigorous cross-checking from both previously published works and newly discovered original materials, Sheehy has written the most extensive historical study of Civil War Savannah ever undertaken. Now, just in time for the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, the first volume, Savannah, Immortal City, was published in February 2011, and the second, Brokers, Bankers, and Bay Lane: Inside the Savannah Slave Trade, is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2011.
  • Charles "Red" Lillard (February 26, 1944 – March 27, 1997) was an American-born poet and historian who spent much of his adult life in British Columbia and became a Canadian citizen in 1967. He wrote extensively about the history and culture of British Columbia, Southeast Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
    • Age: Dec. at 53 (1944-1997)
    • Birthplace: Long Beach, California
  • Charles Perry Stacey
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    Colonel Charles Perry Stacey, OC, OBE, CD, FRSC (30 July 1906 – 17 November 1989) was a Canadian historian and university professor. He was the official historian of the Canadian Army in the Second World War, and has been published extensively on matters both military and political.
    • Age: Dec. at 83 (1906-1989)
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
  • Chris Gainor
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    Chris Gainor

    Chris Gainor is a historian of technology specializing in space exploration and aeronautics. He has written five books on the history of space exploration and on the Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow, a jet interceptor aircraft canceled by the Canadian government in 1959. Gainor is currently writing a history of the Hubble Space Telescope as part of a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.In July 2018, Gainor became President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He is also editor of Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly, and is a fellow of the British Interplanetary Society. Gainor holds a Ph.D. in the history of technology from the University of Alberta, and has worked as a history instructor in the University of Victoria's history department and as an Assistant Professor for the Royal Military College of Canada.Earlier in his career, Gainor worked as a reporter for the Vancouver Sun, where he won a National Newspaper Award for a series on Canadian cancer activist Terry Fox. He also has worked and written for several other publications, and worked for governmental and non-governmental organizations. His first book, Arrows to the Moon, tells the story of the 32 British and Canadian aerospace engineers who went to work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1959 after losing their jobs when the Canadian government cancelled the Avro Arrow. Many of these engineers went on to hold top positions in NASA, including Jim Chamberlin, John Hodge, Owen Maynard, and Tecwyn Roberts. He returned to the history of the Avro Arrow with his book Who Killed the Avro Arrow?Gainor's more recent academic work has concentrated on the history of missile and space programs in the first years after World War II, including his book To A Distant Day: The Rocket Pioneers and The Bomb and America's Missile Age, which discusses how the U.S. Air Force decided to build its first intercontinental ballistic missile, the Atlas missile. He has also written about the history of the Canadian space program, including his book Canada in Space.