McGill pioneers

Hugh MacLennan (1907-1990)

1 Mar 2018

By the time Hugh MacLennan joined McGill's faculty as a part-time English professor in 1951, he had already been honoured with three Governor General's awards, Canada's highest literary prize. When...

Charles Taylor

1 Mar 2018

One of the most important thinkers Canada has produced, Charles Taylor (BA ‘52) is that rare philosopher who attempts to put his ideas into practice. His writings have been translated into 20...

Ronald Melzack

1 Mar 2018

When Ronald Melzack first published a paper detailing the gate control theory of pain he had formulated with MIT collaborator Patrick Wall, it seemed unlikely that it would be embraced as one of...

Dr Brenda Milner, CC

1 Mar 2018

For thirty years, Brenda Milner, a neuropsychologist with the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), worked with a patient known as HM. Through her encounters with him, Milner would establish her...

Thomas Chang

1 Mar 2018

Remarkably, Chang was successful. Working with improvised materials like perfume atomizers, Chang managed to create a permeable plastic sack that would effectively carry haemoglobin almost as...

Henry Mintzberg

1 Mar 2018

A professor in McGill's Desautels Faculty of Management, Henry Mintzberg has been called a lot of things over his career - influential, innovative, iconoclast. Business magazine Fast Company even...

John Humphrey (1905-1995)

1 Mar 2018

Translated into 321 languages and dialects, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is quite probably the most cited legal document ever drafted by a Canadian. In 1946, John Humphrey, then a...

Sir William Osler (1849-1919)

1 Mar 2018

Referred to William Osler as a patient, poet Walt Whitman revealed remarkable clairvoyance in 1888 when he observed, "As for Osler: he is a great man — one of the rare men. I should be much...

Stephen Leacock (1869-1944)

1 Mar 2018

So well known is Stephen Butler Leacock as a comedic writer that most people forget entirely that his first book was titled Elements of Political Science (1906). As a lecturer and professor in...

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