McGill University

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English-language public research university in Montreal, Quebec

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About McGill University

By James Barham, PhD

McGill University is the direct descendent of McGill College, founded by royal charter in 1821 and largely funded by a bequest from the Scottish-born Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist, James McGill. The university took its present name in 1885.

Though situated on the slopes of Mount Royal in the heart of French-speaking Montreal (with a satellite campus on the westernmost tip of Montreal Island), McGill was founded as an English-speaking institution, and remains so to this day.

Today, McGill is a flourishing, internationally focused university with a student body of around 40,000—one of the largest in Canada.

McGill is associated with 12 Nobel laureates—the most of any Canadian university—and one Turing Award winner, who are listed below. Other prominent McGill-connected individuals include the following:

Fine Arts and Literature

  • Popular composer, Burt Bacharach
  • Classicist, poet, Anne Carson
  • Poet, novelist, singer, songwriter, Leonard Cohen
  • Poet, Irving Layton
  • Novelist, Stephen Leacock
  • Poet, Robert Service
  • Singer, songwriter, Rufus Wainwright

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Philosopher, Mario Bunge
  • Linguist, S.I. Hayakawa
  • Political philosopher, Harold Laski
  • Economist, Nobel laureate, Robert Mundell
  • Psychologist, social critic, Jordan Peterson
  • Cognitive psychologist, Steven Pinker
  • Political philosopher, Judith Shklar
  • Philosopher, Charles Taylor
  • Anthropologist, Lionel Tiger
  • Political philosopher, historian, Immanuel Wallerstein

Film, Photography, and Performing Arts

  • Actor, Hume Cronyn
  • Actor,Mackenzie Davis
  • Actor,Jessalyn Gilsig
  • Screenwriter,Evan Goldberg
  • Actor,Laurie Holden
  • Actor,Jennifer Irwin
  • Actor,Rachelle Lefevre
  • Actor,William Shatner

Media, Law, and Public Affairs

  • Political scientist, former US national security advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski
  • Journalist, John F. Burns
  • Former Prime Minister of Bermuda, Paula Cox
  • Political columnist, Charles Krauthammer
  • Former President of Jamaica, Michael Manley
  • Former Prime Minister of Costa Rica, Daniel Oduber Quirós
  • Political commentator, John Ralston Saul
  • Political commentator, Justin Trudeau
  • Former President of Latvia, Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga

STEM Disciplines

  • Botanist, David Baulcombe
  • Computer scientist, Turing Award winner, Yoshua Bengio
  • Physicist, Nobel laureate, Willard Boyle
  • Physicist, Nobel laureate, Val Logsdon Fitch
  • Chemist, Nobel laureate, Otto Hahn
  • Cognitive scientist, Stevan Harnad
  • Neuroscientist, Donald O. Hebb
  • Neuroscientist, Nobel laureate, David Hubel
  • Chemist, Nobel laureate, Rudolph Marcus
  • Neuropsychologist, Brenda Milner
  • Mathematician, Abel Award winner, Louis Nirenberg
  • Neuroscientist, Nobel laureate, John O’Keefe
  • Neuroscientist, Wilder Penfield
  • Astrophysicist, Hubert Reeves
  • Physicist, Nobel laureate, Ernest Rutherford
  • Endocrinologist, Nobel laureate, Andrew Schally
  • Chemist, Nobel laureate, Frederick Soddy
  • Neuroscientist, Nobel laureate, Ralph Steinman
  • Geneticist, Nobel laureate, Jack Szostak
  • Architect, Witold Rybczynski

According to Wikipedia, McGill University is an English-language public research university located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Founded in 1821 by royal charter granted by King George IV, the university bears the name of James McGill, a Scottish merchant whose bequest in 1813 formed the university's precursor, University of McGill College ; the name was officially changed to McGill University in 1885.

What Is McGill University Known For?

McGill University is known for it's academic work in the following disciplines:

McGill University's Top Areas of Influence With Degrees Offered

Who Are McGill University's Most Influential Alumni?

McGill University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Medical, Psychology, and Political Science. Here are some of McGill University's most famous alumni:

Steven Pinker
Steven Pinker
A Psychologist, linguist, author.
Raoul Bott
Raoul Bott
A Hungarian-born mathematician.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
Zbigniew Brzezinski
A Polish-American political scientist .
Charles Taylor
Charles Taylor
A Canadian philosopher.
Hans Selye
Hans Selye
An Austro-Hungarian scientist.
Jacob Viner
Jacob Viner
A Canadian economist.
Jordan Peterson
Jordan Peterson
A Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology.
Louis Nirenberg
Louis Nirenberg
An American mathematician of Canadian origin .
G. A. Cohen
A Canadian philosopher.
Henry Mintzberg
Henry Mintzberg
A Canadian business theorist.
Jack W. Szostak
Jack W. Szostak
An American biologist.
Yoshua Bengio
Yoshua Bengio
A Canadian computer scientist.

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