University of Toronto

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Public research university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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About University of Toronto

By James Barham, PhD

The University of Toronto received its royal charter in 1827 from King George IV. Originally known as King’s College, it was the first institution of higher learning in the colonial Province of Upper Canada (consisting of mostly what is now southern Ontario).

King’s College was a religious institution, operating under the auspices of the Church of England. In 1850, the university was transferred to a secular administration, at which time it also assumed its present name.

Today, the university comprises 11 schools at its principal location in downtown Toronto’s Queen’s Park neighborhood, as well as two satellite campuses.

In addition, several administratively autonomous but highly prestigious research centers are housed on the University of Toronto campus. Perhaps the most notable of these is the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences.

Established in 1992 and named in honor of Toronto–mathematician John Charles Fields, the Fields Institute bestows its coveted award (the Fields Medal) every fourth year on several of the best mathematicians in the world under the age of 40.

Another world-famous research center located at the University of Toronto is the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (PIMS), founded by the distinguished French intellectual historian and philosopher, Étienne Gilson, in 1929. The PIMS helped to spearhead the twentieth-century revolution in our understanding of the Latin-speaking Middle Ages, the birth of the university, and the contribution of medieval philosophy to later European thought.

The university has been associated with 10 Nobel laureates and five Turing Award–winners, some of whom are listed below. Other notable University of Toronto connected people include the following:

Fine Arts and Literature

  • Novelist, Margaret Atwood
  • Classicist, poet, Anne Carson
  • Novelist, Stephen Leacock
  • Poet, soldier, field surgeon, John McCrae
  • Novelist, Rohinton Mistry
  • Novelist, Michael Ondaatje

Film, Photography, and Performing Arts

  • Film director, David Cronenberg
  • Film director, Atom Egoyan
  • Film director, Arthur Hiller
  • Film director, Norman Jewison
  • TV screenwriter, David Shore
  • Actor, Donald Sutherland

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Psychologist, Lisa Feldman Barrett
  • Literary critic, Northrop Frye
  • Economist, John Kenneth Galbraith
  • Sociologist, Erving Goffman
  • Political philosopher, Michael Ignatieff
  • Economist, Harold Innis
  • Communication and media studies, Marshall McLuhan
  • Psychologist, Daniel Schachter
  • Psychologist, Endel Tulving

Media, Law, and Public Affairs

  • Political commentator, David Frum
  • Social science journalist, Malcolm Gladwell
  • Political commentator, Naomi Klein
  • Former Prime Minister of Canada, William Mackenzie
  • Former Prime Minister of Canada, Nobel laureate, Lester Pearson

STEM Disciplines

  • Developer of insulin, Nobel laureate, Frederick Banting
  • Thoracic surgeon, innovator in field surgery, Norman Bethune
  • Mathematician, John Charles Fields
  • Computer scientist, Turing Award winner, Geoffrey Hinton
  • Computer scientist, Turing Award winner, William Kahan
  • Biochemist, Nobel laureate, John Macleod
  • Chemist, Nobel laureate, John Polanyi

According to Wikipedia, The University of Toronto is a public research university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, located on the grounds that surround Queen's Park. It was founded by royal charter in 1827 as King's College, the first institution of higher learning in Upper Canada. Originally controlled by the Church of England, the university assumed its present name in 1850 upon becoming a secular institution. As a collegiate university, it comprises eleven colleges each with substantial autonomy on financial and institutional affairs and significant differences in character and history. The university also operates two suburban campuses located in Scarborough and Mississauga.

What Is University of Toronto Known For?

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

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Who Are University of Toronto's Most Influential Alumni?

University of Toronto's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Medical, Political Science, and Computer Science. Here are some of University of Toronto's most famous alumni:

John Kenneth Galbraith
John Kenneth Galbraith
An American economist and diplomat .
Erving Goffman
Erving Goffman
A Sociologist, writer, academic .
Brian Kernighan
Brian Kernighan
A Canadian computer scientist.
Walter Kohn
Walter Kohn
An American physicist .
Northrop Frye
Northrop Frye
A Canadian literary critic and literary theorist.
Yann LeCun
Yann LeCun
A Computer scientist working in machine learning and computer vision, (1960 - ), France.
Alfred Aho
Alfred Aho
A Canadian computer scientist.
Michael Spence
Michael Spence
An American economist.
Mary Ainsworth
An American-Canadian psychologist & scholar.
Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein
A Canadian author and activist.
Robert Tibshirani
Robert Tibshirani
A Canadian statistician.
David Easton
David Easton
A Canadian academic .

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