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University of Alberta

Public research university in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
By James Barham, PhD

The University of Alberta is a public research university founded in 1908—just three years after the Province of Alberta officially entered the Dominion of Canada.

In the lead-up to the university’s founding, there was a heated debate over its location, with one faction favoring Calgary (Alberta’s largest city) and another faction in favor of Edmonton (the provincial capital). Although the final decision favored Edmonton, the lack of a university in the province’s largest city continued to be felt. In 1944, the University of Alberta opened a branch campus in Calgary.

In 1966, the Calgary campus became administratively independent from the University of Alberta and was renamed the University of Calgary.

Today, the University of Alberta comprises 18 faculties, as well as two affiliated colleges—one for undergraduates (St. Joseph’s College) and one for graduate students (St. Stephen’s College).

Among many prominent University of Alberta–associated individuals, we may mention the following:

  • Mathematicians, Robert Moody, Andrew Liu, Mark A. Lewis, Vaclav Zizler & Mathukumalli Subbarao
  • Computer scientists, James Gosling, Jonathan Schaeffer, Richard Sutton, Osmar Zaiane & David Silver
  • Philosophers, Bas van Fraassen & Adam Morton
  • Poet, Jonathan Hart
  • Novelist, Greg Hollingshead
  • Playwright, Vern Thiessen
  • Actors, Kenneth Welsh, Nathan Fillion, Frank C. Turner, Paul Gross, Sara Canning, Pascale Hutton & Eric Allan Kramer
  • Theater historian, John Orrell
  • Folklorist, Natalie Kononenko
  • Symphony orchestra conductor, Leonard Ratzlaff
  • Physicists, Richard E. Taylor (Nobel laureate) & Don Page
  • Chemists, Raymond Lemieux & Walter E. Harris
  • Geologist, Robert Folinsbee
  • Petroleum engineer, Jacob Masliyah
  • Paleontologist, Philip J. Currie
  • Biochemist, James Collip
  • Virologist, Michael Houghton
  • Geneticist, Tak Wah Mak
  • Surgeon and bioethicist, John Dossetor
  • Historian, George Stanley
  • Social psychologist, Peter L. Hurd
  • Psychologist, blogger, and social commentator, Jordan Peterson
  • Sociologist, Stephen A. Kent
  • Political commentator, Ezra Levant
  • Former Canadian Prime Ministers, Joe Clark and Stephen Harper

From Wikipedia

The University of Alberta, also known as U of A or UAlberta, is a public research university located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It was founded in 1908 by Alexander Cameron Rutherford, the first premier of Alberta, and Henry Marshall Tory, the university's first president. It was enabled through the Post-secondary Learning Act.

Source: Wikipedia

What is University of Alberta known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

Top areas of influence with degrees offered

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Computer Science
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Political Science
#149 World Rank
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Religious Studies
#162 World Rank
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Earth Sciences
#150 World Rank
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Criminal Justice
#231 World Rank
Social Work

Influential People

Who are University of Alberta's Most influential alumni?

University of Alberta 's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Economics, Medical, and Computer Science

Heather Botting

Canadian anthropologist

John M. Lipski

American linguist

Lubomyr Romankiw

IBM Fellow and researcher

Brett Finlay

Brett Finlay


Allyson Jule

Canadian educator

Timothy Taylor

Canadian writer

Meral Özsoyoglu

Turkish-American computer scientist

Zoe Todd

Zoe Todd

Metis anthropologist and researcher of the Anthropocene

David W. Krause

Canadian palaeontologist

David W. Krause

Canadian palaeontologist

Charles Leonard Huskins

Canadian geneticist

David R. Marples

Canadian historian