McGill pioneers

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...

Margaret Lock

1 Mar 2018

Though not a doctor herself, cultural anthropologist Margaret Lock is having a profound effect on the practice of medicine. Lock, the Marjorie Bronfman Professor in the Social Studies in Medicine...

Wilder Penfield (1891-1976)

1 Mar 2018

Wilder Penfield, Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill, revolutionized our understanding of the human brain. With help from collaborators, Penfield refined and extended a daring...

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...

Sir Ernest Rutherford (1871–1937)

1 Mar 2018

When Ernest Rutherford was told, while working on his family's farm in New Zealand, that he had won a scholarship to Cambridge University, his reaction was to stand straight and declare, "I've just...

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...

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...

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...

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