Voting Results

After nearly 60,000 votes, the results are in for the Greatest McGillians contest.

In the end, voters gave the nod to a trio of illustrious McGillians whose achievements represent three different pillars of the university’s excellence: Thomas Chang, BSc’57, MDCM’61, PhD’65, the inventor of the artificial blood cell, poet and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, BA’55, and Nobel-prize winning physicist Ernest Rutherford, who carried out seminal work at McGill in the early 1900s.

To view an interview with Thomas Chang, click here.

And here are the final standings, reflecting votes received as well as the average "approval rating" out of five stars for each finalist:

  1. Thomas Chang (1933 – )
    Final rating: 4.4 average
    7501 votes received
  2. Leonard Cohen (1934 – )
    Final rating: 4 average
    5817 votes received
  3. Ernest Rutherford (1871 – 1937)
    Final rating: 4 average
    4251 votes received
  4. Wilder Penfield (1891 – 1976)
    Final rating: 4 average
    3928 votes received
  5. William Osler (1849 – 1919)
    Final rating: 3.8 average
    3040 votes received
  6. Brenda Milner (1918 –)
    Final rating: 3.8 average
    2804 votes received
  7. James McGill (1744 – 1813)
    Final rating: 3.7 average
    3053 votes received
  8. John Humphrey (1905 – 1995)
    Final rating: 3.7 average
    2617 votes received
  9. Wilfrid Laurier (1841 – 1919)
    Final rating: 3.6 average
    2812 votes received
  10. Maude Abbott (1869 – 1940)
    Final rating: 3.5 average
    2401 votes received
  11. Bernard Belleau (1925 – 1989)
    Final rating: 3.5 average
    2298 votes received
  12. Stephen Leacock (1869 – 1944)
    Final rating: 3.4 average
    2504 votes received
  13. Charles R. Drew (1904 – 1950)
    Final rating: 3.3 average
    2047 votes received
  14. William Shatner (1931 – )
    Final rating: 3.2 average
    3231 votes received
  15. Charles Taylor (1931 – )
    Final rating: 3.2 average
    2351 votes received
  16. William C. Macdonald (1831 – 1917)
    Final rating: 3.2 average
    2253 votes received
  17. James Naismith (1861 – 1939)
    Final rating: 3.1 average
    2284 votes received
  18. William Dawson (1820 – 1899)
    Final rating: 3 average
    2048 votes received
  19. Jennifer Heil (1983 – )
    Final rating: 2.9 average
    2236 votes received
  20. Thomas H. Clark (1893 – 1996)
    Final rating: 2.9 average
    1859 votes received