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Famous Scientists from Canada

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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.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different people, including Alexander Graham Bell and Michael Smith.

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

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    Alan Nursall

    Alan Nursall is a Canadian scientist and television personality, who reports on science news...  more
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    Alexander Graham Bell

    Dec. at 75 (1847-1922)

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    Alexander Graham Bell ('Graham' pronounced ) (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922) was a ...  more

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    Alfred Aho

    Age: 79

    BirthplaceCanada, Timmins, Ontario, Cochrane District, Northeastern Ontario

    Alfred Vaino Aho (born August 9, 1941) is a Canadian computer scientist best known for his...  more
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    Alfred Needler

    Dec. at 92 (1906-1998)
    Alfred Walker Holinshead Needler (1906 – 4 September 1998) was a Canadian scientist,...  more
  • Ali Khademhosseini6

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    Ali Khademhosseini (born October 30, 1975, Tehran, Iran) is the Levi Knight Endowed Professor...  more
  • Anatol Rapoport7

    Anatol Rapoport

    Dec. at 96 (1911-2007)

    BirthplaceUkraine, Lozova Raion, Eurasia, Lozova, Kharkiv Oblast

    Anatol Rapoport (Ukrainian: Анатолій Борисович Рапопо́рт; Russian: Анато́лий Бори́сович...  more
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    Arthur Lindo Patterson

    Dec. at 64 (1902-1966)

    BirthplaceNelson, New Zealand

    Arthur Lindo Patterson (23 July 1902, Nelson, New Zealand - 6 November 1966, Philadelphia,...  more
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    BirthplaceEdmonton, Canada

    Austin Albert Mardon, Ph.D. (born June 25, 1962) is an author, community leader, and advocate...  more
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    Baldur R. Stefansson

    Dec. at 83 (1919-2002)
    Baldur Rosmund Stefansson, (April 26, 1917 – January 3, 2002) was a Canadian agricultural...  more
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    Bertram Brockhouse

    Dec. at 85 (1918-2003)

    BirthplaceLethbridge, Canada

    Bertram Neville Brockhouse, (July 15, 1918 – October 13, 2003) was a Canadian physicist. He...  more
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    Bill Orban

    Dec. at 81 (1922-2003)

    BirthplaceRegina, Canada

    William Robert Orban (21 April 1922 – 18 October 2003) was a Canadian public servant and...  more
  • Brian Kernighan13

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Brian Wilson Kernighan (; born January 1, 1942) is a Canadian computer scientist. He worked at...  more
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    Bruce A. McIntosh (October 30, 1929 – February 15, 2015) was a Canadian astrophysicist who...  more
  • C. S. Holling15

    BirthplaceTheresa, New York

    Crawford Stanley (Buzz) Holling, (born December 6, 1930) is a Canadian ecologist, and...  more
  • Cathleen Synge Morawetz16

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Cathleen Synge Morawetz (May 5, 1923 – August 8, 2017) was a Canadian mathematician who spent...  more
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    Charles Alexander Best

    Dec. at 47 (1931-1978)

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Charles Alexander Best (July 7, 1931 in Toronto, Ontario – March 25, 1978) was a Canadian...  more
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    Charles Herbert Best

    Dec. at 79 (1899-1978)

    BirthplaceWest Pembroke, Maine

    Charles Herbert Best (February 27, 1899 – March 31, 1978) was an American-Canadian medical...  more
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    Charles Philippe Leblond

    Dec. at 97 (1910-2007)

    BirthplaceLille, France

    Charles Philippe Leblond, (February 5, 1910 – April 10, 2007) was a pioneer of cell biology...  more
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    Clayton Oscar Person

    Dec. at 68 (1922-1990)
    Clayton Oscar Person, (May 16, 1922 – September 1, 1990) was recognized internationally as an...  more
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    BirthplaceHastings, New Zealand

    Colin Athol Franklin, CM, FRSC is an engineer and a leading pioneer in Canada's space...  more
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    Cyril G. Wates

    Dec. at 63 (1883-1946)
    Cyril G. Wates (18 July 1883 – 2 February 1946) was an author, mountain climber, and amateur...  more
  • Daniel Pauly23

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Daniel Pauly is a French-born marine biologist, well known for his work in studying human...  more
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    David Florida

    Dr. C. David Florida was a Canadian pioneer in space research. He was director of the Canadian...  more
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    David Jaffray

    David A. Jaffray is a Canadian medical physicist and Senior Scientist in the Division of...  more