Famous Canadian Inventors & Discoverers

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 1 Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell
Famous As: Inventor of Telephone
Birthdate: March 3, 1847
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: August 2, 1922

Alexander Graham Bell was a scientist, inventor, and engineer. He is credited with inventing the first functional telephone. He is also credited with co-founding America's major telephone company AT&T, which has been going strong since 1885. Bell's later life was marked by his groundbreaking work in aeronautics, hydrofoils, and optical telecommunications. He was also an ardent supporter of compulsory sterilization.

 2 James Naismith

James Naismith
Famous As: Invented Basketball
Birthdate: November 6, 1861
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Almonte, Mississippi Mills, Canada
Died: November 28, 1939
Canadian-American physician and coach James Naismith is considered as the inventor of basketball. He authored the first basksetball rule book and established the University of Kansas basketball team. He served as the Kansas Jayhawks athletic director and coach, and trained legends such as Adolph Rupp and Dean Smith.
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 3 Sandford Fleming

Sandford Fleming
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 7, 1827
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Died: July 22, 1915
Hailed as the Father of Standard Time, Canadian engineer ,Sandford Fleming, promoted worldwide standard time zones, a prime meridian, and the use of the 24-hour clock. He also designed Canada's first postage stamp and founded the Royal Canadian Institute in 1849. Fleming gained the reputation as one of the primary railway engineers and was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1897.

 4 David Baszucki

David Baszucki
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius

David Baszucki is a Canadian-born American entrepreneur and inventor. He is credited with co-founding the Roblox Corporation, for which he also serves as the CEO. He is also credited with co-founding Knowledge Revolution, a company which was obtained by MSC Software in 1998. In 2017 and 2018, Baszucki was named one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs.

 5 Reginald Aubrey Fessenden

Reginald Aubrey Fessenden
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: October 6, 1866
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: East Bolton, Canada
Died: July 22, 1932

 6 Gerald Bull

Gerald Bull
Famous As: Aerospace engineer, Engineer, Inventor
Birthdate: March 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ontario
Died: March 22, 1990

Gerald Vincent Bull was a Canadian artillery expert, known for designing Project Babylon supergun for the Government of Iraq. His idea was to do away with the conventional rockets by firing satellites into orbit from a 156m-long barrel embedded inside a hill. However, his assassination within two years of the start of the project put an end to it.  

 7 Elijah McCoy

Elijah McCoy
Famous As: American-Canadian inventor
Birthdate: May 2, 1844
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Colchester, Ontario, Canada
Died: October 10, 1929
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 8 William Stephenson

William Stephenson
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: January 23, 1897
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
Died: January 31, 1989

 9 Herbert Henry Dow

Herbert Henry Dow
Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: February 26, 1866
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belleville, Canada
Died: October 15, 1930

Herbert Henry Dow taught chemistry before venturing into a business career. Though his first company was a failure, his work impressed investors, and he was soon able to establish Dow Chemical, which supplied low-cost bromine to the US markets. He later made auto pistons out of spare magnesium.

 10 Willard Boyle

Willard Boyle
Famous As: Physicist, Inventor, Photographer
Birthdate: August 19, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amherst
Died: May 7, 2011

Willard Boyle revolutionized physics with the invention of the charge-coupled device (CCD), which also earned him, and his co-inventor George E. Smith, a Nobel Prize. During his time at Bellcomm, he was associated with the Apollo space program. Both he and Smith worked for Bell Laboratories, too.

 11 Charles Fenerty

Charles Fenerty
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: December 31, 1821
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Upper Sackville, Canada
Died: June 10, 1892

Charles Fenerty was a 19th-century Canadian inventor and poet. He is best remembered for inventing the wood pulp process for paper-making. His invention did not receive much attention in his lifetime and he never took out a patent on it. He was well known as a poet and published numerous poems. He was an extensive traveler as well. 

 12 Alex Deans

Alex Deans
Famous As: Alpine skier
Birthdate: May 1, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Windsor, Ontario, Canada

 13 Lawrence A. Hyland

Lawrence A. Hyland
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: August 26, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nova Scotia, Canada
Died: November 24, 1989

 14 Phil Nuytten

Phil Nuytten
Famous As: Diver, Inventors
Birthdate: August 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 15 Joseph-Armand Bombardier

Joseph-Armand Bombardier
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: April 16, 1907
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Valcourt, Quebec, Canada
Died: February 18, 1964

 16 James L. Kraft

James L. Kraft
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: December 11, 1874
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stevensville, Fort Erie, Canada
Died: February 16, 1953