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WHO THEY ARE 

Today the fellowship comprises four categories: Honorary Fellows, Regularly Elected Fellows, Specially Elected Fellows and Foreign Fellows. The initial fellowship was selected by a committee headed by the Principal of McGill University, Sir John William Dawson, and by the former Premier of Quebec, Pierre J.O. Chauveau, who served respectively as the first two Presidents of the Society. This founding cohort of Fellows included Sir Sandford Fleming, the originator of the world system of Standard Time, and Sir William Osler, one of the greatest physicians of his day. Since 1882, new Fellows have been nominated and elected by their peers who are themselves Fellows of the Society. Over 3,700 scholars and artists have been inducted into to the fellowship over the past hundred and thirty years.

Today, the Society counts over 2,000 Canadian Fellows. While the early fellowship was drawn primarily from Quebec and Ontario, since that time its geographic reach has expanded to include scholars and artists drawn from every region of Canada.

Approximately 20 per cent of the fellowship indicates French as their first language. Most Fellows hold, or have held, positions in Canadian universities, although many are primarily affiliated with research institutes, government agencies, or private sector laboratories and think tanks. Today the By-laws provide that up to 75 nominees may be elected each year. In addition to Regularly Elected Fellows, the Society also inducts up to seven Specially Elected Fellows per year for contributions to the objectives of the Society other than by scholarship and research.

Annually, the Society also elects up to four Foreign Fellows who, at the time of their election, are neither residents nor citizens of Canada and who, by their exceptionally distinguished intellectual accomplishments in the arts, humanities and sciences, have helped promote the object of the Society in ways that have clear relevance for Canadian society. Finally, the By-laws envisage the election by the Council of the Society of up to two Honorary Fellows upon recommendation of the President during each presidential term.

THE ACADEMIES

The RSC consists of three bilingual Academies embracing a broad range of scholarly disciplines and artistic fields.

Academy I is the Academy of the Arts and Humanities. There are three Divisions of Academy I: an Anglophone Division (I) - Humanities; a Francophone division (II) - Lettres et sciences humaines; and a bilingual Division for the Arts (III) - embracing architecture, creative writing, and the arts.

Academy II is the Academy of Social Sciences. There are two Divisions of Academy II: an Anglophone Division (I) - Social Sciences; and a Francophone Division (II) - Sciences sociales.

Academy III is the Academy of Science. There are four Divisions of Academy III: Applied Sciences and Engineering; Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences; Life Sciences; and Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Each Division of Academy III is comprised of both English-speaking and French-speaking Fellows. 

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FELLOWS DIRECTORY

Dr. Stephen Withers

1627

Affiliation

The University of British Columbia

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2002

Discipline

Chemistry

Dr. Curt Wittlin

583

Affiliation

University of Saskatchewan

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

1988

Discipline

Linguistics

H. Wolfart

584

Affiliation

University of Manitoba

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

1995

Discipline

Linguistics

Prof. David Wolfe

11740

Affiliation

Western University

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

2018

Discipline

Psychology

Robert Wolkow

1529

Affiliation

University of Alberta

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2000

Discipline

Chemistry
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Dr. Max Wong

3464

Affiliation

McMaster University

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2007

Discipline

Engineering

Dr. Roderick Wong

1378

Affiliation

University of Hong Kong

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1993

Discipline

Mathematics and Computer Sciences

Dr. W. Murray Wonham

1379

Affiliation

University of Toronto

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1988

Discipline

Applied Science

Dr. Ronald Wonnacott

586

Affiliation

Western University

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

1983

Discipline

Economics

Christopher Wood

1728

Affiliation

McMaster University

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2003

Discipline

Animal Biology

Dr. Ellen Wood

587

Affiliation

York University

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

1996

Discipline

Political Science

Eric F. Wood

9823

Affiliation

Princeton University

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2013

Discipline

Earth Sciences

James Woodgett

1530

Affiliation

University of Toronto

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2000

Discipline

Molecular Biology and Genetics

A. David Woods

1881

Affiliation

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1982

Discipline

Physics

Dr. John Woods

588

Affiliation

The University of British Columbia

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

1990

Discipline

Philosophy / Ethics

Dr. Edward Woods

1380

Affiliation

Queen's University

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1987

Discipline

Mathematics and Computer Sciences

Alexander Woodside

589

Affiliation

The University of British Columbia

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

1990

Discipline

History

Dr. Arch Woodside

1501

Affiliation

Boston College

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

2000

Discipline

Administration / Management

Daniel Woolf

3358

Affiliation

Queen's University

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

2006

Discipline

History

Michael Wortis

1381

Affiliation

Simon Fraser University

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1997

Discipline

Physics

Dr. Jeffrey Wrana

3389

Affiliation

University of Toronto

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2006

Discipline

Molecular Biology and Genetics
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Julia M. Wright

11311

Affiliation

Dalhousie University

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

2017

Discipline

Linguistics
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Gerard Wright

3894

Affiliation

McMaster University

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2012

Discipline

Microbiology and Biochemistry
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Prof. Bin Wu

11320

Affiliation

Ryerson University

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2017

Discipline

Engineering

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