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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.

This list includes Alexander Graham Bell, Steve MacLean and more.

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

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Alain Haché is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
age 48
Alain Haché (born 14 December 1970, in Tracadie, New Brunswick) is an experimental physicist, a professor at the University of Moncton, Canada. From 2003 to 2013 he held the Canada ...more
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Alastair G. W. Cameron is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Dec. at 80 (1925-2005)
Alastair G. W. (Graham Walter) Cameron (21 June 1925 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – 3 October 2005 in Tucson, Arizona, USA) was a Canadian astrophysicist and space scientist who was an eminent ...more
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Alexander Graham Bell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Dec. at 75 (1847-1922)
Alexander Graham Bell ('Graham' pronounced ) (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922) was a Scottish-born American inventor, scientist, and engineer who is credited with inventing and patenting the ...more
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Allan Carswell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Allan Carswell age 86
Allan Ian Carswell, CM, FRSC (born 1933) is an internationally recognized leader in the field of laser radar (lidar) applications since the technology's beginning in the early 1960s. Carswell ...more
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Arthur Covington is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Dec. at 88 (1913-2001)
Arthur Edwin Covington (21 September 1913 – 17 March 2001) was a Canadian physicist who made the first radio astronomy measurements in Canada. Through these he made the valuable discovery that ...more
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Arthur Stanley Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Dec. at 73 (1865-1938)
Arthur Stanley Mackenzie (September 20, 1865 – October 2, 1938) was a Canadian physicist and University President, born at Pictou, Nova Scotia, and educated at Dalhousie University, Halifax, and ...more
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Bennett Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Dec. at 79 (1908-1987)
Wilfrid Bennett Lewis, (June 24, 1908 – January 10, 1987) was a Canadian nuclear scientist and administrator, and was centrally involved in the development of the CANDU reactor. Born in Castle ...more
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Bertram Brockhouse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Dec. at 85 (1918-2003)
Bertram Neville Brockhouse, (July 15, 1918 – October 13, 2003) was a Canadian physicist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics (1994, shared with Clifford Shull) "for pioneering ...more
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W. G. Unruh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
age 73
William George "Bill" Unruh (; born August 28, 1945) is a Canadian physicist at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver who described the hypothetical Unruh effect in 1976.
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Chander P. Grover is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Chander P. Grover age 76
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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 (now the University of Sri Jayewardenepura), he is currently a professor of theoretical ...more
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Charlotte Froese Fischer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
age 89
Charlotte Froese Fischer (born 1929) is a Canadian-American applied mathematician and computer scientist who gained world recognition for the development and implementation of the ...more
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Clarence Chant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Dec. at 91 (1865-1956)
Clarence Augustus Chant (May 31, 1865 – November 18, 1956) was a Canadian astronomer and physicist.
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Clifford Martin Will is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
age 72
Clifford Martin Will (born 1946) is a Canadian-born theoretical physicist noted for his contributions to general relativity.
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David A. Weitz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
age 67
David A. Weitz (born October 3, 1951) is a Canadian/American physicist and Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics & Applied Physics and professor of Systems Biology at Harvard University. He is ...more
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David Allan Bromley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Dec. at 79 (1926-2005)
David Allan Bromley (May 4, 1926 – February 10, 2005) was a Canadian-American physicist, academic administrator and Science Advisor to American president George H. W. Bush. His field of research ...more
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Don Misener is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Don Misener
Don Misener (A.D. Misener) (1911-1996) 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 ...more
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Eduard Prugovečki is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Dec. at 66 (1937-2003)
Eduard Prugovečki (March 19, 1937 – October 13, 2003) was a Canadian physicist and mathematician of Croatian-Romanian descent. Prugovečki was born in Craiova, Romania to a Romanian mother, ...more
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Eli Franklin Burton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Dec. at 69 (1879-1948)
Eli Franklin Burton, (February 14, 1879 – July 6, 1948) was a Canadian physicist. Burton was born in Green River, township of Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He graduated from the University of ...more
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Eric Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Dec. at 73 (1927-2000)
Eric Fawcett (23 August 1927 – 2 September 2000), 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
Dec. at 85 (1929-2014)
Erich Wolfgang Vogt, (November 12, 1929 - February 19, 2014) was a Canadian physicist. 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
Dec. at 86 (1914-2000)
George Michael Volkoff, (February 23, 1914 – April 24, 2000) was a Russian-Canadian physicist and academic who helped, with J. Robert Oppenheimer, predict the existence of neutron stars before ...more
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Gerhard Herzberg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Dec. at 95 (1904-1999)
Gerhard Heinrich Friedrich Otto Julius Herzberg, (December 25, 1904 – March 3, 1999) was a German-Canadian pioneering physicist and physical chemist, who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in ...more
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Gilbert Plass is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Dec. at 84 (1920-2004)
Gilbert Norman Plass (22 March 1920 – 1 March 2004) was a Canadian physicist who in the 1950s made predictions about the increase in global atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the 20th ...more
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Gilles Cloutier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Physicists from Canada
Dec. at 86 (1928-2014)
Gilles George Cloutier, (June 27, 1928 – May 13, 2014) was a Canadian physicist and former director of the Alberta Research Council.Born in Quebec City, he was educated at Université ...more