University of Alberta
#144 Overall Influence

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

What is University of Alberta known for?

#72 World Rank
Earth Sciences
#98 World Rank
Religious Studies
#104 World Rank
Medical
#105 World Rank
Engineering
#113 World Rank
Nursing
#116 World Rank
Biology
#116 World Rank
Education
#118 World Rank
Literature
#119 World Rank
Political Science
#143 World Rank
Computer Science
#149 World Rank
Business
#155 World Rank
Chemistry
#163 World Rank
Psychology
#187 World Rank
Physics
#203 World Rank
Sociology
#206 World Rank
Communications
#246 World Rank
Mathematics
#250 World Rank
Anthropology
#273 World Rank
Philosophy
#304 World Rank
History
#328 World Rank
Law
#346 World Rank
Economics
#405 World Rank
Criminal Justice
#527 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 Earth Sciences, Religious Studies, and Medical. University of Alberta’s most academically influential people include Raymond Lemieux, Richard E. Taylor, and George Elliott Clarke.

Raymond Lemieux
Raymond Lemieux

Canadian chemist

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Richard E. Taylor
Richard E. Taylor

Canadian physicist

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George Elliott Clarke
George Elliott Clarke

Canadian writer

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Jordan Peterson
Jordan Peterson

Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology

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Heather Botting

Canadian anthropologist

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Ezra Levant
Ezra Levant

Canadian media personality and far-right activist

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Su Guaning

Singaporean academic

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Maria Klawe
Maria Klawe

Canadian-American computer scientist

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Robert Kroetsch

Canadian writer

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Iman Mersal

Egyptian poet

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Joseph B. Martin

Canadian neurologist

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Aritha Van Herk
Aritha Van Herk

Canadian writer

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