University of Alberta
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University of Alberta

Public research university in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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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

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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 . University of Alberta’s most academically influential people include Allyson Jule, Brent Shaw, and Timothy Taylor .

Allyson Jule

Canadian educator

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Brent Shaw
Brent Shaw

Canadian historian

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Timothy Taylor

Canadian writer

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Candace Savage

Canadian nature and science writer

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David R. Marples

Canadian historian

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Nathan Fillion
Nathan Fillion

Canadian-American actor

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Vern Krishna

Canadian academic

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Greg Abel

Canadian businessman

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Meral Özsoyoglu

Turkish-American computer scientist

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Samuel Oboh
Samuel Oboh

Canadian architect

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Heather Botting

Canadian anthropologist

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Prafullachandra Vishnu Sane

Indian molecular biologist

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