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Public research university in British Columbia, Canada

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About University of British Columbia

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

According to Wikipedia, The University of British Columbia is a public research university with campuses near Vancouver and in 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 $759million, UBC funds over 8,000 projects a year.

What Is University of British Columbia Known For?

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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, Biology, and Earth Sciences. Here are some of University of British Columbia's most famous alumni:

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14th Dalai Lama
A Spiritual leader of Tibet.
Albert Bandura
Albert Bandura
A Canadian psychologist.
Ian Hacking
Ian Hacking
A Canadian philosopher.
Robert Langlands
Robert Langlands
A Canadian mathematician.
William Gibson
William Gibson
An American-Canadian speculative fiction novelist and founder of the cyberpunk subgenre.
John Robert Anderson
An American psychologist.
Niles Eldredge
Niles Eldredge
An American biologist, (1941 - ).
Robert Mundell
Robert Mundell
A Canadian economist .
Patricia Churchland
Patricia Churchland
A Canadian philosopher.
David Cheriton
A Canadian businessman and computer scientist.
Pierre Berton
Pierre Berton
A Canadian author and journalist .
Monica S. Lam
An American computer scientist.

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