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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 44
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 77
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 76
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 57
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 95
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 92
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 65
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 89
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 95
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 57
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 90
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 63
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