Canadian scientists

Clayton Oscar Person

Genetics

Geneticist: International authority on genetics of host-parasite relations


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Charles Fenerty

Chemical Engineering

Inventor: First person to make newsprint from wood pulp


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Werner Israel

Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Science

Physicist and cosmologist: Wrote the first logically precise theory for the simplicity of black holes (1967)

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Sid Altman

Discovered catalytic RNA, for which he won the Nobel Prize in 1989


Biology

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Willard S. Boyle

Co-Inventor of the Charge Coupled Device for which he won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics


Physics

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Bertram Neville Brockhouse

Won the Nobel Prize in 1994 for designing the Triple-Axis Neutron Spectroscope and his use of it to investigate Condensed Matter


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Robert L. Carroll

Vertebrate palaeontologist who recognized and described the oldest known ancestor of all reptiles birds and mammals; the origins of terrestrial vertebrates, the origin of various amphibians such as frogs and salamanders.


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Donald (H. S. M.) Coxeter

Greatest classical geometer of the 20th century


Mathematics

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Roger Daley

Principal constructor of the Canadian numerical weather forecasting system


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Henri Darmon

One of the world's leading number theorists, working on Hilbert's 12th problem.


Mathematics

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Memory Elvin-Lewis

Ethnobotanist and Infectious Disease Microbiologist: Dr. Elvin-Lewis is an expert on evaluating traditional medicines and their use.


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Biruté Galdikas

World’s foremost authority on orangutans


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Gerhard Herzberg

Won the 1971 Nobel Prize in chemistry for using spectroscopy to discover the internal geometry and energy states in simple molecules, and in particular the structure and characteristics of free radicals.


Chemistry

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Werner Israel

Physicist and cosmologist: Wrote the first logically precise theory for the simplicity of black holes (1967)


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Doreen Kimura

Behavioural Psychologist World expert on sex differences in the brain. Wrote the book Sex & Cognition, which argues that there truly is a difference between male and female brains.


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Charles J. Krebs

Famous for writing Ecology: The Experimental Analysis of Distribution and Abundance (now in its fifth edition), a textbook used worldwide to teach ecology, and for his work on the Fence Effect.


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Julia Levy

Co-discovered photodynamic anti-cancer and ophthalmology drugs, co-founder of the company QLT Inc.


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Walter Lewis

Ethnobotanist: World expert on airborne and allergenic pollen and famous for targeting medicinal plants in the tropical rain forest.


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Tak Wah Mak

Discovered the T-Cell receptor, a key to the human immune system


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John Charles Polanyi

Won the 1986 Nobel Prize in chemistry for using chemi-luminescence of molecules to explain energy relationships in chemical reactions


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Hubert Reeves

World famous cosmologist and science communicator


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William Ricker

Canada's Greatest Fisheries Biologist: Inventor of the Ricker Curve for describing fish population dynamics


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David Schindler

Schindler identified detergent phosphates as a pollutant killing lakes in the 1960s, and pinpointed acid rain as a widespread cause of fish deaths in the 1970s & '80s. Schindler now warns that rapid exploitation of Alberta's oil sands is polluting the Athabaska River, and recommends that oil sands extraction be monitored more effectively.


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Dolph Schluter

Completing Darwin's work on evolution by unlocking the mysteries of how natural selection drives the origin of new species.


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Michael Smith

Won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1993 for discovering site-directed mutagenesis: that is, how to make a genetic mutation precisely at any spot in a dna molecule.


Chemistry

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Jack Szostak

Shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in medicine for the discovery of telomeres.


Biology

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Louis Taillefer

World expert on superconductivity


Physics

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Lap-Chee Tsui

Found the gene that causes cystic fibrosis


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Endel Tulving

World authority on human memory function


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Irene Ayako Uchida

World-famous Down syndrome researcher


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