135 years of theses available online

Published: 27 October 2016

In  conjunction with Open Access Week and Homecoming, 135 years of McGill graduate scholarship is now available online! Years in the making, the electronic thesis and dissertation collection now includes almost 42,000 open access McGill theses and dissertations dating back to 1881. Theses and dissertations are searchable by faculty and department, degree, or subject at To date almost 7,000 theses have been digitized representing almost a million pages. Highlights from the collection can be viewed at

Read work by notable McGill graduates including:

  • Harriet Brooks, M.A. 1901:  Harriet Brooks was the first woman to graduate from a Canadian university with a graduate degree in electromagnetism. She was among the first persons to discover radon and to try to determine its atomic mass and she also also worked under the supervision of Marie Curie for a brief period of time.
  • John Humphrey, Ph.D. 1945, L.L.D. 1976:  Humphrey wrote the first draft of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Irving Layton, B.Sc. 1938, M.A. 1946: Layton was a celebrated Canadian poet. Among his many awards during his career was the Governor-General’s Award for A Red Carpet for the Sun in 1959. In 1976 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
  • Thomas Chang, B.Sc. 1957, M.D.C.M 1961, Ph.D. 1965: Dr. Chang is a Canadian physician, medical scientist, and inventor. He invented the world’s first artificial cell. An Order of Canada recipient, he is the founder and Director of the Artificial Cells and Organs Research Centre and Professor of Physiology, Medicine & Biomedical Engineering in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University.
  • Brenda Milner, Ph.D. 1952: Dr. Milner is a Canadian neuropsychologist who has contributed extensively to the research literature on various topics in the field of clinical neuropsychology. She is sometimes referred to as “the founder of neuropsychology”. She is the Dorothy J. Killam Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the MNI and McGill University .

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