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

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Alain Haché is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
age 47 Alain Haché is an experimental physicist, a professor at the University of Moncton, Canada. From 2003 to 2013 he held the Canada Research Chair in Photonics. He is also the author of The ...more

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Alastair G. W. Cameron is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died at 80 (1925-2005) Alastair G. W. Cameron was a Canadian astrophysicist and space scientist who was an eminent staff member of the Astronomy department of Harvard University. Cameron, the son of a Canadian ...more

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Alexander Graham Bell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died at 75 (1847-1922) Alexander Graham Bell was an eminent Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone. Bell's father, grandfather, and ...more

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Allan Carswell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Allan Carswell age 85 Allan Ian Carswell, CM, FRSC is an internationally recognized leader in the field of laser radar applications since the technology's beginning in the early 1960s. Carswell has been actively ...more

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Arthur Covington is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died at 88 (1913-2001) Arthur Edwin Covington is a Canadian physicist who made the first radio astronomy measurements in Canada. Through these he made the valuable discovery that sunspots generate large amounts of ...more

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Arthur Stanley Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died 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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Bennett Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died at 79 (1908-1987) Wilfrid Bennett Lewis, CC CBE FRSC FRS was a Canadian nuclear scientist and administrator, and was centrally involved in the development of the CANDU reactor. Born in Castle Carrock, Cumberland, ...more

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Bertram Brockhouse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died at 85 (1918-2003) Bertram Neville Brockhouse, CC FRSC FRS was a Canadian physicist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics "for pioneering contributions to the development of neutron scattering techniques ...more

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W. G. Unruh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
age 72 William George Unruh is a Canadian physicist at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, who described the hypothetical Unruh effect in 1976. Unruh has an Erdős number of 3.

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Chander P. Grover is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Chander P. Grover age 75

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Chandre Dharma-wardana is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Chandre Dharma-wardana is a Sri Lankan-born academic and scientist. A former President of Vidyodaya Campus, he is currently a Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Université de ...more

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Charlotte Froese Fischer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Physicists 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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Clarence Chant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died at 91 (1865-1956) Clarence Augustus Chant was a Canadian astronomer and physicist. He was born in Hagermans Corners, Ontario to Christopher Chant and Elizabeth Croft. In 1882 he attended Markham High School, ...more

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Clifford Martin Will is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
age 71 Clifford Martin Will is a Canadian born mathematical physicist who is well known for his contributions to the theory of general relativity. Will was born in Hamilton, Canada. In 1968, he earned ...more

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David A. Weitz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
age 66 David A. Weitz is a Canadian/American physicist and Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics & Applied Physics and professor of Systems Biology at Harvard University. He is the co-director of the ...more

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David Allan Bromley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died at 79 (1926-2005) David Allan Bromley was a Canadian-American physicist, academic administrator and Science Advisor to American president George H. W. Bush. His field of research was the study of low-energy ...more

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Don Misener is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Don Misener Don Misener was a physicist. Along with Pyotr Leonidovich Kapitsa and John F. Allen, Misener discovered the superfluid phase of matter in 1937. Misener was a graduate student at the University ...more

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Eduard Prugovečki is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died 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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Eli Franklin Burton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died at 69 (1879-1948) Eli Franklin Burton, FRSC was a Canadian physicist. Burton was born in Green River, township of Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1901. From 1904 to 1906 ...more

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Eric Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died at 73 (1927-2000) Eric Fawcett, was a professor of physics at the University of Toronto for 23 years. He also co-founded Science for Peace.

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Erich Vogt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died at 85 (1929-2014) Erich Wolfgang Vogt, OC OBC FRSC was a Canadian physicist. He died on February 19, 2014. Born in Steinbach, Manitoba, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1951 and a Master of Science ...more

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George Volkoff is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died at 86 (1914-2000) George Michael Volkoff, OC MBE FRSC was a Canadian physicist and academic who helped, with J. Robert Oppenheimer, predict the existence of neutron stars before they were discovered.

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Gerhard Herzberg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died at 95 (1904-1999) Gerhard Heinrich Friedrich Otto Julius Herzberg, PC CC FRSC FRS was a German-Canadian pioneering physicist and physical chemist, who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1971, "for his ...more

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Gilbert Plass is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died at 84 (1920-2004) Gilbert Norman Plass was a Canadian physicist who in the 1950s made predictions about the increase in global atmospheric carbon dioxide levels in the 20th century and its effect on the average ...more

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Gilles Cloutier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died at 86 (1928-2014) Gilles George Cloutier, CC OQ FRSC was a Canadian physicist and former director of the Alberta Research Council. Born in Quebec City, he was educated at Université Laval and McGill ...more

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Gordon Shrum is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died at 89 (1896-1985) Gordon Merritt Shrum OC OBE MM was a Canadian scientist, teacher, administrator, and the first Chancellor of Simon Fraser University.

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Harold E. Johns is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died at 83 (1915-1998) 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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Harriet Brooks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died at 57 (1876-1933) Harriet Brooks was the first Canadian woman nuclear physicist. She is most famous for her research on nuclear transmutations and radioactivity. Ernest Rutherford, who guided her graduate work, ...more

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Howard Petch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Howard Petch age 92 Howard Earle Petch, OBC FRSC is a Canadian academic administrator. He was the President of the University of Waterloo and the University of Victoria. He received a Bachelor of Science, honours ...more

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Hubert Reeves is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
age 85 Hubert Reeves, CC OQ is a French Canadian astrophysicist and popularizer of science.

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Hugh Le Caine is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died at 63 (1914-1977) Hugh Le Caine was a Canadian physicist, composer, and instrument builder. Le Caine was brought up in Port Arthur in northwestern Ontario.At a young age,he started making musical instruments. In ...more

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Hugh Ross is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
age 72 Hugh Norman Ross is a Canadian American astrophysicist, Christian apologist, and old earth creationist. Ross has a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Toronto and an undergraduate ...more

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John David Jackson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Physicists 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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J. M. Robson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died at 82 (1900-1982) John Michael 'Rab' Rabinovich, later known as J. M. Robson was a geneticist and physicist who co-founded the science of mutagenesis by mutations in fruit flies exposed to mustard gas, and who ...more

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Jacques Beaulieu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Jacques Beaulieu age 85 Jacques A. Beaulieu, OC GOQ MSRC is a Canadian physicist who invented the first transversely excited atmospheric carbon dioxide laser or TEA laser in 1968. In 1978, he was awarded the Royal ...more

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James Loudon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died at 75 (1841-1916) James Loudon, F.R.S.C was a Canadian professor of physics and President of the University of Toronto from 1892–1906. He visited the United Kingdom to attend the 450th jubilee of the University ...more

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Jean-François Corbett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Jean-François Corbett age 41

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Jeremy Whitlock is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Jeremy Whitlock age 52 Jeremy J. Whitlock is a reactor physicist at Chalk River Laboratories of the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. He has a Ph.D. in Engineering Physics from McMaster University. He was past ...more

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John Cunningham McLennan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died at 68 (1867-1935) Sir John Cunningham McLennan, KBE FRS FRSC was a Canadian physicist. Born in Ingersoll, Ontario, the son of David McLennan and Barbara Cunningham, he was the director of the physics laboratory ...more

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John F. Allen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died at 93 (1908-2001) John Frank 'Jack' Allen, FRS FRSE was a Canadian-born physicist. Along with Pyotr Leonidovich Kapitsa and Don Misener, Allen discovered the superfluid phase of matter in 1937 using liquid helium ...more

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John Harnad is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Physicists 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

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John Herbert Chapman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
John Herbert Chapman Died at 58 (1921-1979) John Herbert Chapman from London, Ontario, son of Lt. Col. Lloyd Chapman and Kathleen Chapman, was a Canadian space researcher. Chapman started his career with his work on radio propagation and ...more

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John Moffat is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
age 86 John W. Moffat is a Professor Emeritus in physics at the University of Toronto. He is also an adjunct Professor in physics at the University of Waterloo and a resident affiliate member of the ...more

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John Stuart Foster is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died at 74 (1890-1964) John Stuart Foster was a Canadian physicist.

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John Tuzo Wilson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Died at 85 (1908-1993) John Tuzo Wilson, CC, OBE, FRS, FRSC, FRSE was a Canadian geophysicist and geologist who achieved worldwide acclaim for his contributions to the theory of plate tectonics. Plate tectonics is the ...more

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Karl W. Giberson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
age 60 Karl Willard Giberson is a physicist and scholar specializing in the creation-evolution debate. He has held a teaching post since 1984, written several books, and been a member of various ...more

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Kenneth O. Hill is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Kenneth O. Hill age 79 Dr. Kenneth O. Hill is a physicist who specializes in the field of photonics. In the late 1970s, he discovered the phenomena of photosensitivity in optical fiber and has worked extensively in ...more

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Kim Maltman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Kim Maltman age 67 Kim Maltman is a Canadian poet and physicist who lives in Toronto. He is a professor of Applied Mathematics at York University and pursues research in theoretical nuclear/particle physics.

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Larkin Kerwin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Larkin Kerwin Died at 80 (1924-2004) John Larkin Kerwin, CC OQ FRSC was a Canadian physicist. Born in Quebec City, he studied physics at St. Francis Xavier University and obtained his Masters degree in physics at the Massachusetts ...more

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Laurent Freidel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Laurent Freidel Laurent Freidel is a French theoretical physicist and mathematical physicist known mainly for his contributions to quantum gravity, including loop quantum gravity, spin foam models, doubly ...more