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University of British Columbia

Public research university in British Columbia, Canada

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By James Barham, PhD

The University of British Columbia (UBC) was founded in 1908.

For the first several decades of its existence, the university’s activities were modest in scope. In 1925 a bold program to transform UBC into a modern research university was put into effect. At this time the main campus was transferred from the Fairview neighborhood just south of downtown Vancouver, to a larger campus at Point Grey about six miles to the west.

Today, UBC is the third-largest university in Canada. In addition to the main campus there is a satellite campus in the city of Kelowna. In all, the UBC student body tops 66,000 souls.

UBC is home to Canada’s national high-energy physics laboratory (TRIUMF), which houses a 520-million electron-volt, cyclotron-style, particle accelerator—the world’s largest. Other cutting-edge UBC scientific facilities include the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and the Stuart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute.

UBC is connected with eight Nobel laureates, namely:

  • Physicists, Bertram Brockhouse, Carl Wieman & Hans Dehmelt
  • Chemist. Michael Smith
  • Economists, Robert Mundell, Daniel Kahneman & Richard Thaler
  • Short-story writer, Alice Munro

Other prominent UBC associated individuals include the following:

  • Mathematicians, Robert Langlands, Peter Borwein & Nassif A. Ghoussoub
  • Computer scientists, Charlotte Froese Fischer, Arvind Gupta & Anne Condon
  • Physicists, Carl Wieman & George Volkoff
  • Electrical engineer, Vijay Bhargava
  • Anti-cancer drug inventor, Patrick Soon-Shiong
  • Epidemiologist, Martin Schechter
  • Geneticist, David Suzuki
  • Evolutionary biologist, Patrick J. Keeling
  • Geoscientist, William Richard Peltier
  • Psychologist, Albert Bandura
  • Ecological economist, C.S. Holling
  • Historian, L.S. Stavrianos
  • Essayist, historian, and TV personality, Pierre Berton
  • Poet, Fred Wah
  • Novelist, Steven Galloway
  • Science fiction writer, William Gibson
  • Operatic tenor, Ben Heppner
  • Artist, Jeff Wall
  • Actors, Manuel Jacinto, Ludi Lin, Michael Shanks & Torrance Coombs
  • Former Chief Justice of Canada, Beverley McLachlin
  • Former Canadian Prime Ministers, John Turner & Kim Campbell
  • Current Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau

From Wikipedia

The University of British Columbia is a public research university with campuses in Vancouver and Kelowna, British Columbia. Established in 1908, UBC is British Columbia's oldest university. The university ranks among the top three universities in Canada. With an annual research budget of $600million, UBC funds over 8,000 projects a year.

Source: Wikipedia

What is University of British Columbia 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.

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Computer Science
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Political Science
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Earth Sciences
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Religious Studies
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Social Work
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Criminal Justice
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Influential People

Who are University of British Columbia's Most influential alumni?

University of British Columbia 's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Psychology, Anthropology, and Earth Sciences

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Donald Andrews

Canadian economist

Miklos Udvardy

American ornithologist

Gordon McBean

Canadian climatologist

George Volkoff

Canadian physicist

Murray Goldberg

Canadian academic

Fred Wah

Canadian poet

Sherry Coutu

Sherry Coutu

Leila Araghian

Leila Araghian

Iranian architect

Daphne Marlatt

Canadian poet

Anne Giardini

Anne Giardini

Canadian lawyer and writer

Sandra Schmid

Sandra Schmid

Canadian biologist