University of Alberta

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Public research university in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

About University of Alberta

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

According to 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.

What Is University of Alberta Known For?

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

University of Alberta's Top Areas of Influence With Degrees Offered

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 Medical, Biology, and Computer Science. Here are some of University of Alberta's most famous alumni:

Jordan Peterson
Jordan Peterson
A Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology.
Bas van Fraassen
An American philosopher.
Beverley McLachlin
A 17th Chief Justice of Canada.
Don Tapscott
Don Tapscott
A Canadian businessman.
Richard E. Taylor
Richard E. Taylor
A Canadian physicist .
Ezra Levant
Ezra Levant
A Canadian media personality and far-right activist.
Ed Stelmach
A Premier of Alberta, Canada, from 2006.
Roger Hui
Roger Hui
A Canadian computer programmer.
Maria Klawe
Maria Klawe
A Canadian-American computer scientist.
Rachel Notley
A 17th Premier of Alberta.
Edwin G. Pulleyblank
A Canadian sinologist and academic .
Peter Dodson
An American paleontologist.