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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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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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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
Dec. 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 77
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
Dec. 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 43
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 56
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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 77
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 90
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 88
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 95
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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 92
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 Dec. 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 72
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