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

This list has a variety of people in it, from Nima Arkani-Hamed to Vahid Tarokh.

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

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Adam Logan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
age 43 Adam Logan is a research mathematician and a top Canadian Scrabble player. He won the World Scrabble Championship in 2005, beating Pakorn Nemitrmansuk of Thailand 3-0 in the final. He is the ...more

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Adrien Pouliot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Adrien Pouliot Dec. at 84 (1896-1980) Adrien Pouliot, CC was a Canadian mathematician and educator. Born in Île d'Orléans, Quebec, he obtained a B.A. in applied sciences from the École Polytechnique de ...more

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Albert W. Tucker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Dec. at 90 (1905-1995) Albert William Tucker was a Canadian mathematician who made important contributions in topology, game theory, and non-linear programming. Albert Tucker was born in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, and ...more

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Alexander Dewdney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
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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André Joyal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
André Joyal age 75 André Joyal is a professor of mathematics at the Université du Québec à Montréal who works on category theory. Joyal was born in Drummondville. He has three ...more

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Andrew Granville is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
age 56 Andrew James Granville is a British mathematician, working in the field of number theory. He has been a faculty member at the Université de Montréal since 2002. Before moving to ...more

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Arthur Stanley Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Dec. at 73 (1865-1938) Arthur Stanley Mackenzie was a Canadian physicist and University President, born at Pictou, Nova Scotia, and educated at Dalhousie University, Halifax, and Johns Hopkins. He was instructor in ...more

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Brian Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Dec. at 78 (1931-2009) Brian Carey Goodwin was a Canadian mathematician and biologist, a Professor Emeritus at the Open University and a key founder of the field of theoretical biology. He made key contributions to ...more

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Bruce Reed is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Mathematicians 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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Cathleen Synge Morawetz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
age 94 Cathleen Synge Morawetz is a mathematician. Morawetz's research was mainly in the study of the partial differential equations governing fluid flow, particularly those of mixed type occurring in ...more

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Cecilia Krieger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Dec. at 80 (1894-1974) Cypra Cecilia Krieger-Dunaij was an Austro-Hungarian-born mathematician of Jewish ancestry who lived and worked in Canada. Krieger was the third person to earn a Ph.D in mathematics from a ...more

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Chandler Davis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
age 91 Horace Chandler Davis is an American-Canadian mathematician, writer, and educator. He was born in Ithaca, New York, to parents Horace B. Davis and Marian R. Davis. In 1948 he married Natalie ...more

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Charles Colbourn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Charles Colbourn age 64 Charles Joseph Colbourn is a Canadian computer scientist and mathematician, whose research concerns graph algorithms, combinatorial designs, and their applications. From 1996 to 2001 he was the ...more

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Charles Dunnett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Charles Dunnett Dec. at 86 (1921-2007) Charles William "Charlie" Dunnett was a Canadian statistician. He was the Statistical Society of Canada 1986 Gold Medalist and Professor Emeritus of the Departments of Mathematics, ...more

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Charlotte Froese Fischer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
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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Daniel Murray is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Dec. at 72 (1862-1934) Daniel Alexander Murray was a Canadian mathematician. Murray was born in Colchester County, Nova Scotia, and was educated at Dalhousie and Johns Hopkins universities and in Berlin and Paris. He ...more

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David Avis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
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 Borwein is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
David Borwein age 94 David Borwein is a Canadian mathematician of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, known for his research in the summability theory of series and integrals. He has also done work in measure theory and ...more

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David M. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
David M.R. Jackson is a professor at the University of Waterloo in the department of Combinatorics and Optimization. He graduated from Cambridge University in 1969. Jackson has been responsible ...more

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David Orrell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
age 56 David John Orrell is a Canadian writer and mathematician. He received his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Oxford. His work in the prediction of complex systems such as the ...more

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Donald B. Gillies is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Dec. 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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Donald Kingsbury is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
age 89 Donald MacDonald Kingsbury is an American–Canadian science fiction author. Kingsbury taught mathematics at McGill University, Montreal, from 1956 until his retirement in 1986.

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Doug Stinson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
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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Douglas Wiens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Douglas Wiens Douglas Paul Wiens is a Canadian statistician; he is a professor in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at the University of Alberta. Wiens earned a B.Sc. in mathematics, two ...more

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Eduard Prugovečki is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Dec. at 66 (1937-2003) Eduard Prugovečki was a Canadian physicist and mathematician of Croatian-Romanian descent. Prugovečki was born in Craiova, Romania to a Romanian mother, Helena, and Croatian father, Slavoljub. ...more

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Erik Demaine is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
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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Evelyn Nelson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Evelyn Nelson Dec. at 44 (1943-1987) Evelyn Merle Nelson, born Evelyn Merle Roden, was a Canadian mathematician. Nelson made contributions to the area of universal algebra with applications to theoretical computer science. She, ...more

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Florin Diacu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Florin Diacu age 59 Florin Diacu, born 1959, Sibiu, Romania, is a Canadian mathematician and author.

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Gilbert de Beauregard Robinson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Dec. at 86 (1906-1992) Gilbert de Beauregard Robinson was a Canadian mathematician most famous for his work on combinatorics and representation theory of the symmetric groups, including the Robinson-Schensted

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Glen Van Brummelen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Glen Van Brummelen Glen Robert Van Brummelen is a Canadian historian of mathematics specializing in historical applications of mathematics to astronomy. Van Brummelen earned his PhD degree from Simon Fraser ...more

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Hans Heilbronn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Dec. at 67 (1908-1975) Hans Arnold Heilbronn FRS was a mathematician.

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Harold Scott MacDonald Coxeter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Dec. at 96 (1907-2003) Harold Scott MacDonald "Donald" Coxeter, FRS, FRSC, CC was a British-born Canadian geometer. Coxeter is regarded as one of the greatest geometers of the 20th century. He was born in ...more

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Henry Marshall Tory is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Dec. at 83 (1864-1947) Henry Marshall Tory was the first president of the University of Alberta, the first president of the Khaki University, the first president of the National Research Council and the first ...more

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Hiroshi Haruki is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Hiroshi Haruki Hiroshi Haruki was a Japanese mathematician. A world-renowned expert in functional equations, he is best known for discovering "Haruki's theorem" and "Haruki's Lemma" in ...more

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Irving Kaplansky is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Dec. at 89 (1917-2006) Irving Kaplansky was a Canadian mathematician.

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Israel Halperin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Dec. at 96 (1911-2007) Israel Halperin, CM FRSC was a Canadian mathematician and social activist.

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Ivan M. Niven is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Dec. at 84 (1915-1999) Ivan Morton Niven was a Canadian-American mathematician, specializing in number theory. He was born in Vancouver. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia and was ...more

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J. Carson Mark is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Dec. at 84 (1913-1997) Jordan Carson Mark was a Canadian-born mathematician best known for his work on developing nuclear weapons for the United States at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Mark joined the Manhattan ...more

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John David Jackson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
age 93 John David Jackson is a Canadian–American physics professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley and a faculty senior scientist emeritus at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. A ...more

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John R. Hendricks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
John R. Hendricks Dec. at 78 (1929-2007) John Robert Hendricks was a mathematician specializing in magic squares and hypercubes. He has published many articles in the Journal of Recreational Mathematics as well as other Journals.

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Jack Edmonds is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
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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Jacques Touchard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Jacques Touchard Dec. at 83 (1885-1968) Jacques Touchard was a French mathematician. In 1953, he proved that an odd perfect number must be of the form 12k + 1 or 36k + 9. In combinatorics and probability theory, he introduced the ...more

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James Arthur is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
age 73 James Greig Arthur is a Canadian mathematician and former President of the American Mathematical Society. He is currently in the Mathematics Department of the University of Toronto. Born in ...more

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James Harkness is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Dec. at 59 (1864-1923) James Harkness was a Canadian mathematician, born in Derby, England, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. Coming early to the United States, he was connected with Bryn Mawr College from ...more

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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
age 77 James Drewry Stewart was a Canadian mathematician, violinist, and the professor emeritus of mathematics at McMaster University. Stewart received his master of science at Stanford University and ...more

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Jean-Marie De Koninck is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Jean-Marie De Koninck age 69 Jean-Marie De Koninck, OC CQ is a Canadian mathematician. He has served as a professor at Université Laval since 1972 and is the creator of the road safety program Opération Nez ...more

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Jerrold E. Marsden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Dec. at 68 (1942-2010) Jerrold Eldon Marsden, was an applied mathematician. He was the Carl F. Braun Professor of Engineering and Control & Dynamical Systems at the California Institute of Technology. Marsden is ...more

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John Charles Fields is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
Dec. at 69 (1863-1932) John Charles Fields, FRS, FRSC was a Canadian mathematician and the founder of the Fields Medal for outstanding achievement in mathematics. First awarded in 1936, the medal has been awarded ...more

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John Friedlander is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
John Friedlander is a Canadian mathematician specializing in analytic number theory. He received his B.Sc. from the University of Toronto in 1965, ammmn M.A. from the University of Waterloo in ...more

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John Harnad is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Canada
age 72 John Harnad is a Hungarian-born mathematical physicist. He did his undergraduate work at McGill University and his graduate work at the University of Oxford. He is currently Director of the ...more