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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

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Dominique Weis

10913

Affiliation

The University of British Columbia

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2016

Discipline

Earth Sciences

Dimitri Weiss

181

Affiliation

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

1994

Discipline

Administration / Management

Alfred Weiss

1360

Affiliation

University of Alberta

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1998

Discipline

Mathematics and Computer Sciences

Dr. Samuel Weiss

3640

Affiliation

University of Calgary

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2009

Discipline

Medical Sciences
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Jeffrey Weitz

10891

Affiliation

McMaster University

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2016

Discipline

Medical Sciences
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Dr. Barry Wellman

3452

Affiliation

University of Toronto

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

2007

Discipline

Sociology

Dr. Janet Werker

1564

Affiliation

The University of British Columbia

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

2001

Discipline

Psychology

Prof. Paul Werstine

3739

Affiliation

King’s University College at Western University

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

2010

Discipline

Literature

Dana Wessell Lightfoot

10380

Affiliation

University of Northern British Columbia

Academy

College of New Scholars

Year Elected

2014

Dr. Gordon West

1726

Affiliation

University of Toronto

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2003

Discipline

Earth Sciences
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Dr. Lori West

11379

Affiliation

University of Alberta

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2017

Dr. John Whalley

574

Affiliation

Western University

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

1986

Discipline

Economics

Prof. Howard Wheater

11660

Affiliation

University of Saskatchewan

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2018

Dr. John Wheeler

1363

Affiliation

Natural Resources Canada

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1969

Discipline

Earth Sciences

Anne Wheeler

3526

Affiliation

None

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

2008

Discipline

Arts

Aaron Wheeler

10676

Affiliation

University of Toronto

Academy

College of New Scholars

Year Elected

2015

Aaron Wheeler

10676

Affiliation

University of Toronto

Academy

College of New Scholars

Year Elected

2015

Douglas Whelpdale

1364

Affiliation

Environment Canada

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1991

Discipline

Atmospheric Sciences

Douglas Whelpdale

1364

Affiliation

Environment Canada

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1991

Discipline

Atmospheric Sciences

Dr. Ian Whishaw

1365

Affiliation

University of Lethbridge

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1998

Discipline

Medical Sciences

Lydia White

3740

Affiliation

McGill University

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

2010

Discipline

Linguistics

Lydia White

3740

Affiliation

McGill University

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

2010

Discipline

Linguistics
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Mary Anne White

4061

Affiliation

Dalhousie University

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2013

Discipline

Chemistry

Prof. Katherine White

11020

Affiliation

The University of British Columbia

Academy

College of New Scholars

Year Elected

2016

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