Famous Canadian Intellectuals & Academics

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 1 Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson
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Famous As: Clinical Psychologist
Birthdate: June 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian

Canadian clinical psychologist, Jordan Peterson, became internationally known in the 2010s for his views on cultural and political issues. He became active on YouTube in 2016 and shared many videos that have since received millions of views. He has faced criticism for his sexist and misogynistic views. Despite the controversies, he continues to be popular and is a bestselling author.

 2 Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: March 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: May 19, 2020
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 3 Marshall McLuhan

Marshall McLuhan
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: July 21, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian
Died: December 31, 1980

 4 Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker
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Famous As: Psychologist, Linguists
Birthdate: September 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian, American

Steven Pinker is a Canadian-American linguist, cognitive psychologist, and popular science author. He is also a supporter of the computational theory of mind and evolutionary psychology. His works have earned him awards from organizations like the National Academy of Sciences, the American Psychological Association, and the American Humanist Association. In 2013, he was named in Prospect magazine's World Thinkers list.

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 5 Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell
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Famous As: 19th Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: March 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian

 6 Albert Bandura

Albert Bandura
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: December 4, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian, American

 7 William Lyon Mackenzie King

William Lyon Mackenzie King
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: December 17, 1874
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian
Died: July 22, 1950
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 8 Mark Carney

Mark Carney
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: March 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian, Irish, British

 9 David Suzuki

David Suzuki
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Famous As: Academic, Enviromental Activist
Birthdate: March 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian

 10 Erving Goffman

Erving Goffman
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Famous As: Sociologist, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: June 11, 1922
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: November 20, 1982

 11 Gad Saad

Gad Saad
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Birthdate: October 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian

 12 John Kenneth Galbraith

John Kenneth Galbraith
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: October 15, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian
Died: April 29, 2006

 13 Jack Layton

Jack Layton
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Famous As: Politician, University teacher, Political scientist
Birthdate: July 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian
Died: August 22, 2011

 14 Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian, Irish

 15 Michael Ignatieff

Michael Ignatieff
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Famous As: Journalist, Historian, Politician, Novelist, Philosopher, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: May 12, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian

 16 Steven Erikson

Steven Erikson
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Writer
Birthdate: October 7, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian

 17 Deborah Coyne

Deborah Coyne
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: February 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian

 18 Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier
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Famous As: Philosopher, Philanthropist
Birthdate: September 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian

 19 Stéphane Dion

Stéphane Dion
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Famous As: Politician, Sociologist, Academic, Writer, Professor
Birthdate: September 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian

 20 Northrop Frye

Northrop Frye
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Famous As: Writer, Philosopher, Educationist, Cleric, Poet, Literary critic
Birthdate: July 14, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian
Died: January 23, 1991

 21 Mary Ainsworth

Mary Ainsworth
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: December 1, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: March 21, 1999

 22 Anne Carson

Anne Carson
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Famous As: Linguist, Poet, Translator, Writer, University teacher, Literary critic
Birthdate: June 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian

 23 Margaret MacMillan

Margaret MacMillan
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Famous As: historian, university teacher
Birthdate: December 23, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian

 24 Ian Stevenson

Ian Stevenson
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Famous As: Psychiatrist, Parapsychologist, University teacher
Birthdate: October 31, 1918
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian
Died: February 8, 2007

 25 Oswald Avery

Oswald Avery
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Famous As: Biologist, Physician, Geneticist
Birthdate: October 21, 1877
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian
Died: February 20, 1955

 26 Arthur B. McDonald

Arthur B. McDonald
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Famous As: Physicist, University teacher
Birthdate: August 29, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian

 27 Vaclav Smil

Vaclav Smil
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Famous As: geographer, economist, university teacher
Birthdate: December 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian

 28 Michel Chossudovsky

Michel Chossudovsky
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Famous As: researcher, Author, Economist, conspiracy theorist
Birthdate: 1946 AD
Nationality: Canadian

 29 Myron Scholes

Myron Scholes
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: July 1, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian, American

 30 John McCallum

John McCallum
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Famous As: Economist, Politician
Birthdate: April 9, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian

 31 J. Philippe Rushton

J. Philippe Rushton
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Famous As: Psychologist, Faculty, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: December 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian
Died: October 2, 2012

 32 S.I. Hayakawa

S.I. Hayakawa
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 18, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: February 27, 1992

 33 Ludwig von Bertalanffy

Ludwig von Bertalanffy
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Famous As: Biologist, University teacher
Birthdate: September 19, 1901
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Austrian, Canadian
Died: June 12, 1972

 34 David Easton

David Easton
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Famous As: Political scientist, University teacher
Birthdate: June 24, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian
Died: July 19, 2014

 35 Helen Fisher

Helen Fisher
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: May 31, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian, American

 36 Robert D. Hare

Robert D. Hare
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Famous As: psychologist, university teacher
Birthdate: 1934 AD
Nationality: Canadian

 37 Ian Hacking

Ian Hacking
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Famous As: Philosopher, Professor
Birthdate: February 18, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian

 38 Pierre Berton

Pierre Berton
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Famous As: Journalist, Historian, Writer
Birthdate: July 12, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian
Died: November 30, 2004

 39 Donald O. Hebb

Donald O. Hebb
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Famous As: Psychologist, Neuroscientist, University teacher
Birthdate: July 22, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian
Died: August 20, 1985

 40 Robert Bourassa

Robert Bourassa
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Non-fiction writer, Economist
Birthdate: July 14, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian
Died: October 2, 1996

 41 Robert Mundell

Robert Mundell
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: October 24, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

 42 John Ralston Saul

John Ralston Saul
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Famous As: Philosopher, Novelist, Writer
Birthdate: June 19, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian

 43 Simon Newcomb

Simon Newcomb
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Famous As: Astronomer, Mathematician, Economist, Novelist, Writer, Teacher, University teacher, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: March 12, 1835
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: July 11, 1909

 44 Will Kymlicka

Will Kymlicka
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Famous As: philosopher, university teacher
Birthdate: 1962 AD
Nationality: Canadian

 45 Patricia Churchland

Patricia Churchland
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Famous As: Philosopher, University teacher
Birthdate: July 16, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian

 46 Brenda Milner

Brenda Milner
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Famous As: Neuroscientist, Psychologist, University teacher
Birthdate: July 15, 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian, British

 47 Paul Churchland

Paul Churchland
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: October 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian

 48 Harold Innis

Harold Innis
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Famous As: Economist, Historian, Philosopher, University teacher, Sociologist
Birthdate: November 5, 1894
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian
Died: November 8, 1952

 49 Don Tapscott

Don Tapscott
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Famous As: Manager, Economist, Teacher, Author, Writer
Birthdate: June 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian

 50 John Howe

John Howe
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Famous As: illustrator
Birthdate: August 21, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian