This is a list of well-known Canadians.

Table of contents
1 Artists
2 Astronauts
3 Authors
4 Business Personalities
5 Cartoonists
6 Criminals
7 Educators
8 Explorers
9 Humanitarians
10 Inventors
11 Military Figures
12 Motion Pictures, Radio, & Television
13 Musicians
14 Political Leaders
15 Religious personalities
16 Scholars
17 Scientists
18 Sports Personalities
19 Other Personalities


See also List of Canadian painters



See also List of Canadian writers for a much more extensive list

Business Personalities



Alleged criminals

Wrongfully convicted

  • David Milgaard - served 23 years for a murder he did not commit
  • Donald Marshall Jr - wrongfully convicted of murder; subject of a Supreme Court of Canada case regarding First Nations rights to natural resources
  • Guy Paul Morin - was not only tried twice for the same crime but spent 10 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.




  • Grey Owl (Archibald Belaney) - Fur Trapper and Conservationist who posed as a Native American
  • Norman Bethune, (1890-1939), surgeon,inventor, socialist, battlefield doctor in Spain and China
  • Steve Fonyo, Retraced and completed Terry Fox's cross country cancer research fundraising marathon.
  • Terry Fox, (1958-1981), attempted one-legged cross country run for cancer research, Canadian Hero
  • Rick Hansen, Parapelegic athlete who completed an around the world marathon for spinal cord injury research.


Military Figures

Motion Pictures, Radio, & Television


Political Leaders

(See also lists: Prime Minister of Canada, Canadian Confederation, Members of the Canadian House of Commons)

Religious personalities



  • Sid Altman - Molecular Biology
  • Frederick Banting, (1891-1941), medical scientist, co-discovered insulin
  • Charles Best, (1899-1978), medical scientist, co-discovered insulin
  • Wilfred Bigelow - first artificial pacemaker
  • Bertram Brockhouse - designed the Triple-Axis Neutron Spectroscope
  • William Francis Giauque - 1949 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry
  • James Gosling - Programmer, inventor of Java
  • Gerhard Herzberg - 1971 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry for Molecular Spectroscopy
  • David Hubel - 1981 Novel Prize winner in Medicine for mapping the visual cortex
  • Doreen Kimura - Behavioural Psychologist: World expert on sex differences in the brain
  • Julia Levy - Microbiologist: co-discovered photodynamic anti-cancer drugs
  • William Logan, (1798-1875), founded the Geological Survey of Canada, knighted by Queen Victoria, awarded the French Legion of Honor.
  • Rudolph Marcus - 1992 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for electron transfer reactions (e.g. rust)
  • Henry Morgentaler - abortionist
  • Sir William Osler - Physician, "most influential physician in history"
  • Wilder Penfield - Neurosurgeon, discovered electrical stimulation of the brain
  • John Polanyi - 1986 winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Chemi-luminescence
  • Charles Edward Saunders - Marquis Wheat
  • Arthur Schawlow - 1981 Nobel Prize winner in Physics (for lasers)
  • Myron Scholes - 1997 Nobel Prize winner in Economics
  • Hans Selye - (1907-1982) - pioneering stress researcher
  • Michael Smith (1932-2000), 1993 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry for site-based mutagenesis
  • David Suzuki, (born 1936), geneticist and science popularizer
  • Henry Taube - 1983 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for electron transfer reactions
  • Richard Taylor - 1990 Nobel Prize in Physics for verifying the Quark Theory
  • Irene Ayako Uchida - Cytogenticist: World-famous Down syndrome researcher
  • William Vickrey - 1996 Nobel Prize winner in economics
  • Tuzo Wilson - Geophysicist. plate tectonics

For a more detailed list of renowned Canadian scientists, including Nobel Prize winners, see the outside link:

Sports Personalities

See also:

Other Personalities

See also: Asian-Canadian, Richest Canadians, List of people by nationality, List of Canadian Heroes and Heroines