Famous Canadian Biologists

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Oswald Avery
(Biologist, Physician, Geneticist)

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Birthdate: October 21, 1877
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Halifax
Died: February 20, 1955

A pioneer of molecular biology, Oswald Avery revolutionized science with his research on the chemical processes involved in immunology. The Canadian-American bacteriologist initially aspired to be a musician. He later proved that DNA was the basis of heredity. Though nominated for the Nobel Prize multiple times, he never won it.

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Keith L. Moore
(Biologist)

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Birthdate: October 5, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brantford, Canada
Died: December 6, 2019

A legend of anatomy, Keith L. Moore was also one of the founders of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. The author of books such as Before We Are Born, Moore was also known for his study on the scientific accuracy of statements related to embryology mentioned in the Quran.

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Sidney Altman
(Molecular Biologist)

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Birthdate: May 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Known for his independent work on ribonucleic acid (RNA), molecular biologist Sidney Altman co-won the 1989 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering that RNA, which was thought to be a passive carrier of genetic codes, is also capable of taking up active enzymatic functions. The discovery is significant in that it forced scientists to reexamine traditional theories on cellular functions.  

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Ernest Armstrong McCulloch
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Birthdate: April 27, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: January 20, 2011

Ernest Armstrong McCulloch redefined medical research with his work on cell biology and his discovery of stem cells, along with James Till. Born to affluent parents, he had an elite childhood and went to school in a chauffeur-driven car. The Albert Lasker Award-winning scientist was also a Royal Society Fellow.

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Keith Roberts Porter
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Birthdate: June 11, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yarmouth, Canada
Died: May 2, 1997

Canadian-American cell biologist Keith Roberts Porter is remembered for his groundbreaking research on the use of the electron microscope to study cells and tissues. The National Medal of Science winner had also chaired the Harvard biology department. He also established the American Society for Cell Biology.

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Anthony Pawson
(Scientist)

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Birthdate: October 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maidstone, England
Died: August 7, 2013

Considered a giant in the field of cell signaling, Anthony James Pawson, better known as Tony, brought in a revolution when he identified the phosphotyrosine-binding Src homology 2 (SH2 domain), which controls cellular communications. Although the scientists were initially skeptical about his work, he continued with his multidisciplinary research, eventually establishing a coherent picture of how cellular processes work.

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Irene Uchida
(Geneticist, Biologist)

Irene Uchida
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Birthdate: April 8, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died: July 30, 2013
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Dolph Schluter
(University teacher, Evolutionary biologist)

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Birthdate: May 22, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dorval, Canada

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Helen Battle
(Biologist)

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Birthdate: August 31, 1903
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada
Died: June 17, 1994

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Timothy R. Parsons
(Researcher)

Timothy R. Parsons
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Birthdate: November 1, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka