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

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Ahmad Shafaat is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada

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Alan Nursall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Alan Nursall Alan Nursall is a Canadian scientist and television personality, who reports on science news for the Canadian television series Daily Planet and the Alan Nursall Experience on the Discovery

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Alexander Graham Bell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Scientists 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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Alfred Aho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
age 76 Alfred Vaino Aho is a Canadian computer scientist best known for his work on programming languages, compilers, and related algorithms, and his textbooks on the art and science of computer

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Alfred Needler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Died at 92 (1906-1998) Alfred Walker Holinshead Needler, CM, OBE, FRSC was a Canadian scientist, administrator, diplomat and statesman. Alfred Needler was instrumental in establishing research for estimating large ...more

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Ali Khademhosseini is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
age 42 Ali Khademhosseini is an Iranian American-Canadian academic, a Full Professor at Harvard Medical School, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and Associate Faculty at Wyss ...more

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Anatol Rapoport is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Died at 96 (1911-2007) Anatol Rapoport was a Russian-born American mathematical psychologist. He contributed to general systems theory, mathematical biology and to the mathematical modeling of social interaction and ...more

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Arthur Lindo Patterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Died at 64 (1902-1966) Arthur Lindo Patterson was a pioneering British X-ray crystallographer. Patterson was born to British parents in New Zealand in 1902. Shortly afterwards the family moved to Montreal, Canada and ...more

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Austin Mardon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
age 55 Austin Albert Mardon, CM Ph.D. is an academic, author, and community leader who has participated in community based volunteerism and is an advocate for the disabled.

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Baldur R. Stefansson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Baldur R. Stefansson Died at 83 (1919-2002) Baldur Rosmund Stefansson, OC OM was a Canadian agricultural scientist and as one of the originators of canola, became known as the "Father of Canola". Born in Vestfold, Manitoba, a ...more

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Bertram Brockhouse is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Scientists 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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Bill Orban is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Died at 81 (1922-2003) William Robert Orban was a Canadian athlete, scientist and academic. He was a pioneer in the field of physical fitness, best known for creating the 5BX programme in the late 1950s. Born in ...more

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Brian Kernighan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
age 76 Brian Wilson Kernighan is a Canadian computer scientist who worked at Bell Labs alongside Unix creators Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie and contributed to the development of Unix. He is also ...more

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Bruce A. McIntosh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
age 89 Bruce A. McIntosh was a Canadian astrophysicist who worked at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. His main area of research was meteors ...more

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C. S. Holling is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
age 87 Crawford Stanley Holling, OC is a Canadian ecologist, and Emeritus Eminent Scholar and Professor in Ecological Sciences at the University of Florida. Holling is one of the conceptual founders of ...more

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Cathleen Synge Morawetz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Scientists 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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Charles Alexander Best is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Died at 47 (1931-1978) Charles Alexander Best was a Canadian politician, farmer, nurseryman, scientist. He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1957 election as a Member of the Progressive Conservative ...more

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Charles Herbert Best is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Died at 79 (1899-1978) Charles Herbert Best, CC, CH, CBE, MD, FRS, FRSC, FRCP was an American-Canadian medical scientist and one of the co-discoverers of insulin.

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Charles Philippe Leblond is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Died at 97 (1910-2007) Charles Philippe Leblond, CC GOQ FRSC FRS was a pioneer of cell biology and stem cell research and a former Canadian professor of anatomy. Leblond is notable for developing autoradiography and ...more

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Clayton Oscar Person is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Clayton Oscar Person Died at 68 (1922-1990) Clayton Oscar Person, CM FRSC was recognized internationally as an authority on the genetics of host-parasite relations. He was born and raised in Aylesbury, Saskatchewan, Canada and died in ...more

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Colin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
age 91 Colin A. Franklin, CM, FRSC is an engineer and a leading pioneer in Canada’s space programme. He played a leading role in the design, construction and application of Canada's first satellite, ...more

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Cyril G. Wates is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Cyril G. Wates Died at 63 (1883-1946) Cyril G. Wates was born in Brixton, England and immigrated to Edmonton, Canada in 1909 where he worked for City of Edmonton Municipal Telephone System as an engineer. He joined the Alpine Club ...more

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Daniel Pauly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
age 71 Daniel Pauly is a French-born marine biologist, well known for his work in studying human impacts on global fisheries. He is a professor and the project leader of the Sea Around Us Project at ...more

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David Florida is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
David Florida Dr. C. David Florida was a Canadian pioneer in space research. He was director of the Canadian National Space Telecommunications Laboratory and manager of the International Satellites for ...more

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David Jaffray is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
David Jaffray David A. Jaffray PhD is a Canadian medical physicist and Senior Scientist in the Division of Biophysics and Bioimaging at the Ontario Cancer Institute. He is also a professor and Vice Chair in ...more

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David Pearson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
David Pearson David Pearson is a Canadian scientist, academic and television personality. He is a professor of earth sciences and science communication at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, and was ...more

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David Thomas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
David Thomas David Thomas is the Chair of Biochemistry at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His research interests include cell signaling pathways and their role in infectious diseases and molecular ...more

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Edward A. Irving is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Died at 87 (1927-2014) Edward A. "Ted" Irving, CM FRSC FRS was a geologist and emeritus scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada. His studies of paleomagnetism provided the first physical evidence of ...more

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Edwin H. Colpitts is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Died at 77 (1872-1949) Edwin Henry Colpitts was a communications pioneer best known for his invention of the Colpitts oscillator. As research branch chief for Western Electric in the early 1900s, he and scientists ...more

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Elagu V. Elaguppillai is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Elagu V. Elaguppillai Dr. Elagu V. Elaguppillai is a prominent Canadian of Sri Lankan Tamil descent, a businessman, nuclear scientist, university professor, medical researcher, municipal politician and a community ...more

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Elizabeth Stern is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Died at 65 (1915-1980) Elizabeth Stern was a Canadian-born American pathologist, especially well known for her insights on the cell's progression from a healthy to a cancerous state. Stern received her medical degree ...more

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Eric Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Scientists 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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Ernest McCulloch is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Died at 85 (1926-2011) Ernest Armstrong McCulloch, OC, O.Ont, FRSC was a University of Toronto cellular biologist, best known for demonstrating – with James Till – the existence of stem cells.

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Francis Bain is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Francis Bain Died at 52 (1842-1894) Francis Bain was an author, scientist and farmer from North River, Prince Edward Island. In 1865, in his time away from managing his family farm, he began a career as an amateur naturalist, ...more

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Frederick Banting is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Died at 50 (1891-1941) Sir Frederick Grant Banting, KBE, MC, FRS, FRSC was a Canadian medical scientist, physician, painter and Nobel laureate noted as the first person that used insulin on humans. In 1923 Banting and ...more

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Gad Saad is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
age 53 Gad Saad is an evolutionary behavioral scientist at the John Molson School of Business who is known for applying evolutionary psychology to marketing and consumer behaviour. He holds the ...more

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Gerald Bull is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Died at 62 (1928-1990) Gerald Vincent Bull was a Canadian engineer who developed long-range artillery. He moved from project to project in his quest to economically launch a satellite using a huge artillery piece, to ...more

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Gilles Cloutier is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Scientists 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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Gunther Eysenbach is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Gunther Eysenbach age 51 Gunther Eysenbach is a researcher on Open access publishing, health policy, eHealth, and consumer health informatics.

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Hans Selye is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Died at 75 (1907-1982) János Hugo Bruno "Hans" Selye, CC, was a pioneering Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist of Hungarian origin. He conducted much important scientific work on the hypothetical ...more

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Ian Stirling is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Ian Stirling Ian Stirling, OC FRSC is a Scientist Emeritus with the Canadian Wildlife Service. His research has focused mostly on Arctic and Antarctic zoology and ecology, and he is one of the world's top ...more

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Irene Uchida is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Died at 96 (1917-2013) Irene Ayako Uchida, OC was a Canadian scientist and Down syndrome researcher. Born in Vancouver, she initially studied English literature at the University of British Columbia. As a child and ...more

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J. M. Robson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Scientists 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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Jack Greenblatt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Jack Greenblatt Dr. Greenblatt is an Ann and Max Tannenbaum Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Fellow of the American Academy of ...more

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Jack Halpern is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
age 93 Jack Halpern is an inorganic chemist, the Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago. Born in Poland, he moved to Canada in 1929 and the United States ...more

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Jack Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Died at 96 (1888-1984) Chalmers Jack Mackenzie, CC CMG MC FRS FRSC was a Canadian civil engineer, chancellor of Carleton University, president of the National Research Council, first president of Atomic Energy of ...more

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Jacques de Champlain is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Jacques de Champlain Died at 71 (1938-2009) Jacques de Champlain was a scientist, doctor and professor from the Province of Quebec. Jacques de Champlain was a graduate of the Université de Montréal and McGill University and ...more

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Jacques Leblanc is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Jacques Leblanc age 96 Jacques Leblanc is a Québécois physiologist and professor, born in Saint-Joachim-de-Montmorency. He is considered to be one of the pioneers of contemporary biomedical research in

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James M. Harrison is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Died at 75 (1915-1990) James Merritt Harrison, CC was a Canadian scientist and public servant. He was the Director of the Geological Survey of Canada from 1956 to 1964, and Assistant Deputy Minister of the Department ...more

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Jean Bruchési is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Scientists from Canada
Jean Bruchési Died at 78 (1901-1979) Jean Bruchési was a Quebecois writer and historian. He was the president of the Royal Society of Canada from 1953-4.