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List Rules People on this list must have gone to McMaster University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from McMaster University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from McMaster University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished McMaster University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended McMaster University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from McMaster University.

Martin Short and Eugene Levy are only the beginning of the graduates on this list.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to McMaster University?” and “Which celebrities are McMaster University alumni?”

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Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer Martin Hayter Short, CM is an Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer, singer and producer. He is best known for his comedy work, particularly on the TV programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live. ...more

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John Sessions is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor John Gibb Marshall, better known by the stage name John Sessions, is a British actor and comedian. He is known for comedy improvisation in television shows such as Whose Line Is It Anyway?; as a ...more

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Roberta Bondar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Neurologist, Educator, Astronaut Roberta Bondar OC O.Ont FRCP FRSC is Canada's first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space. Following more than a decade as NASA's head of space medicine, Bondar became a consultant ...more

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Eugene Levy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Television director, Songwriter, Comedian Eugene Levy, CM is a Canadian actor, comedian, producer, director, musician, and writer. He is the only actor to have appeared in all eight of the American Pie films, with his role as Noah ...more

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Steve Mann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Professor, Scientist, Electrical engineer Steven Mann is a researcher and inventor best known for his work on computational photography, particularly wearable computing and high dynamic range imaging.

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Doug Henning is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Politician, Illusionist, Actor Douglas James Henning was a Canadian magician, illusionist, escape artist and politician.

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Ivan Reitman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer Ivan Reitman, OC is a Jewish Czechoslovak-born Canadian film producer and director, best known for his comedy work, especially in the 1980s and 1990s. He is the owner of The Montecito Picture ...more

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Michael Ruse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Professor, Philosopher Michael Ruse, FRSC is a philosopher of science who specializes in the philosophy of biology and is well known for his work on the relationship between science and religion, the ...more

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Dan Milisavljevic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Dan Milisavljevic is a Canadian astronomer and postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Milisavljevic received his undergraduate education at McMaster University, ...more

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Lisa Langlois is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Actor Lisa Langlois is a Canadian actress, who has appeared in movies, television and theater.

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Kerrie Keane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Actor Kerri Keane is a Canadian actress. She graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts in history in 1970. She was nominated for the 1989 Genie Award for Best Performance by an ...more

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Cem Kaner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Programmer, Software Tester, Writer Cem Kaner J.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Software Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology, and the Director of Florida Tech's Center for Software Testing Education & Research since ...more

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Michael Frank Goodchild is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Educator, Geographer Michael Frank Goodchild is a British-American geographer. He is an Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After nineteen years at the University of ...more

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Scott Tremaine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Scott Duncan Tremaine is a Canadian-born astrophysicist. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of London, the Royal Society of Canada and the National Academy of Sciences. Tremaine is widely ...more

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Heather Munroe-Blum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Heather Anne Elyse Lilian Munroe-Blum, OC OQ FRSC is the former principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the ...more

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Bartha Knoppers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Lawyer Bartha Maria Knoppers, OC OQ is a Canadian lawyer and an expert on the ethical aspects of genetics, genomics and biotechnology. Born in Hilversum, Netherlands, she received a Bachelor of Arts ...more

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Jesse Lumsden is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Bobsleigher, Footballer Jesse Lumsden is a Canadian Olympic bobsledder and a retired Canadian football player, who played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Stampeders.

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Allan Leal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Herbert Allan Borden Leal, OC QC was a Canadian civil servant and academic. He was Deputy Attorney General of Ontario, Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School, and Chancellor of McMaster University. ...more

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Myron Scholes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Professor, Scientist, Economist Myron Samuel Scholes is a Canadian-American financial economist. In 1997 he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for a method to determine the value of derivatives. The ...more

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Harold E. Johns is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Physicist, Educator Harold Elford Johns, OC was a Canadian medical physicist, noted for his extensive contributions to the use of ionizing radiation to treat cancer.

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Dave Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer David William "Dave" Thomas is a Canadian comedian, actor and television writer. He is best known for portraying Doug McKenzie on SCTV as well as in the film Strange Brew, which he

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James Orbinski is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Physician James Jude Orbinski, OC, OOnt, MSC is a Canadian physician, writer, and humanitarian activist. He is an associate professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a Fellow at the Munk ...more

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Sheila Copps is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Politician, Journalist Sheila Maureen Copps, PC OC, is a former Canadian politician who also served as Deputy Prime Minister of Canada from November 4, 1993, to April 30, 1996, and June 19, 1996, to June 11, 1997. ...more

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Stephen A. Kent is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Sociologist, Professor Stephen A. Kent, is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He researches new religious movements, and has published research on ...more

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Syl Apps is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Charles Joseph Sylvanus Apps, CM of Paris, Ontario, was a Canadian pole vaulter and professional hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1936 to 1948 and a Conservative Member of ...more

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Matthew Barber is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Singer-songwriter Matthew Barber is a Canadian singer-songwriter. His music has been classified as indie pop and pop rock with folk and alternative country influences. Barber was born and grew up in Port Credit, ...more

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Eric Hoskins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Physician Eric William Hoskins, OC MSC MPP is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who has represented the downtown Toronto riding of St. Paul's ...more

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Harold Innis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Economist, Philosopher Harold Adams Innis was a Canadian professor of political economy at the University of Toronto and the author of seminal works on media, communication theory and Canadian economic history. The ...more

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Roger Neilson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Coach, Sports commentator Roger Paul Neilson, CM was a National Hockey League coach, and was responsible for many innovations in the game. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in the builder category. Born in ...more

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Tim Lilburn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Poet, Essayist Tim Lilburn is a Canadian poet and essayist. Lilburn was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He obtained a B.A. from the University of Regina, a Master's Degree in Philosophy from Gonzaga University, ...more

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Jay Firestone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer Jay Firestone is a Gemini award-winning film and television producer from Toronto Canada.

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Fred Longstaffe is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Geologist Fred J. Longstaffe Ph.D., FRSC is the former Provost and Vice-President at The University of Western Ontario. He is a highly regarded leader in Earth Science research. His current focus is on ...more

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Tony McWalter is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Philosopher Tony McWalter is a politician in the United Kingdom. He was Labour Party and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Hemel Hempstead between 1997 and 2005.

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Joanne Malar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Swimmer Joanne Malar is a former medley swimmer from Canada, who competed in three consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1992.

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Glyn Berry is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Diplomat Glyn Raymond Berry was a Canadian diplomat killed in a car bomb attack in Afghanistan. He was the first Canadian diplomat to be killed while on duty in Afghanistan. Two other civilians were ...more

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Paul F. Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Paul F. Hoffman Geologist Paul Felix Hoffman, FRSC, OC is a Canadian geologist and Sturgis Hooper Professor Emeritus of Geology at Harvard University. He specializes in the Precambrian era and is widely known for the ...more

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Ruth Nichols is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Novelist Joanna Ruth Nichols is a Canadian author, primarily of children's literature and historical fiction. She wrote her first published novel, A Walk Out of the World, at age 18.

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Dalton McGuinty is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Dalton James Patrick McGuinty, Jr., is a Canadian politician. He was the 24th Premier of Ontario, Canada, from 2003 to 2013. McGuinty is generally regarded as holding moderately center to left ...more

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Richard H. Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Chemist Richard H. Tomlinson, OC is a Canadian chemist and philanthropist. He is best known as a founding director of Gennum Corp., a Canadian manufacturer of semiconductors and semiconductor-based ...more

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Harry Black is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Harry Samuel Black, OC is a Canadian humanitarian. He was the Executive Director of UNICEF Canada for 26 years. Born in Toronto, Ontario, he graduated from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in ...more

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Adam van Koeverden is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Athlete Adam Joseph van Koeverden is a Canadian sprint kayaker. He was born in Toronto, Ontario to a Dutch father and a Hungarian mother. His home club is the Burloak Canoe Club in Oakville, Ontario, ...more

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David Johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Politician David John Johnson is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was the mayor of East York from 1982 to 1993, a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1993 ...more

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Lincoln Alexander is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Lawyer Lincoln MacCauley Alexander, PC CC OOnt CD QC was a Canadian politician and statesman who served as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons, the federal Minister of Labour, and later as ...more

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Lui Temelkovski is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Lui Temelkovski Lubomir "Lui" Temelkovski is a Canadian federal politician. He was the Member of Parliament for the riding of Oak Ridges—Markham in Ontario, representing the Liberal Party of Canada. ...more

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Russ Jackson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Russell Stanley Jackson, OC, is a former professional Canadian football player. Jackson spent his entire 12-year professional football career with the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian ...more

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Cyrus S. Eaton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Cyrus Stephen Eaton, Sr. was a Canadian-American investment banker, businessman and philanthropist, with a career that spanned seventy years. For decades Eaton was one of the most powerful ...more

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Harvey Skinner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Psychologist Harvey Skinner, PhD, Cpsych, FCAS is the Founding Dean of the Faculty of Health at York University, beginning July 1, 2006.

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John Vice is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Industry veteran and former Nortel senior executive, John Vice brings more than 25 years of telecommunications experience to Kodiak Networks. His extensive background includes working in a ...more

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Simon Sunatori is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Inventor, Engineer Simon Sunatori is a Canadian engineer, inventor and entrepreneur, known for the invention of the Multi-Lingual Knowledge Matrix Method and System, the HyperFeeder, the MagneScribe and the Magic ...more

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Yasir Naqvi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous McMaster University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Yasir Abbas Naqvi MPP is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who was elected in 2007. He represents the riding of Ottawa Centre. He was ...more