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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

Katherine White

11020

Affiliation

The University of British Columbia

Academy

College of New Scholars

Year Elected

2016

James Whitehead

1366

Affiliation

None

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1973

Discipline

Applied Science

Dr. Malcolm Whiteway

1308

Affiliation

McGill University

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1998

Discipline

Molecular Biology and Genetics

Dr. Malcolm Whiteway

1308

Affiliation

McGill University

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1998

Discipline

Molecular Biology and Genetics

James Whitfield

1466

Affiliation

National Research Council

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1999

Discipline

Microbiology and Biochemistry

James Whitfield

1466

Affiliation

National Research Council Canada

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1999

Discipline

Microbiology and Biochemistry
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Dr. Chris Whitfield

3486

Affiliation

University of Guelph

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2007

Discipline

Microbiology and Biochemistry
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Prof. Michael Whitlock

27200

Affiliation

The University of British Columbia

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2019

Gordon Whitmore

1367

Affiliation

University of Toronto

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1972

Discipline

Medical Sciences

Dr. Anne Whyte

1368

Affiliation

Mestor Associates

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1987

Discipline

Earth Sciences

Dr. David Wiles

1370

Affiliation

Plastichem Consulting

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1983

Discipline

Chemistry

Dr. Andrew Wiles

1532

Affiliation

Princeton University

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2000

Discipline

Mathematics and Computer Sciences

Dr. Andrew Wiles

1532

Affiliation

Princeton University

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2000

Discipline

Mathematics and Computer Sciences
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David P. Wilkinson

10085

Affiliation

The University of British Columbia

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2014

Discipline

Engineering

Jennifer Suzanne Willet

11459

Affiliation

University of Windsor

Academy

College of New Scholars

Year Elected

2017

G. Williams

1371

Affiliation

University of Toronto

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1978

Discipline

Microbiology and Biochemistry

Deanne Williams

11460

Affiliation

York University

Academy

College of New Scholars

Year Elected

2017
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A.E. (Willy) Williams-Jones

1934

Affiliation

McGill University

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2004

Discipline

Earth Sciences

John Willinsky

1499

Affiliation

The University of British Columbia

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

2000

Discipline

Education

Dr. J. Douglas Willms

3288

Affiliation

University of New Brunswick

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

2005

Discipline

Education

Dr. Fred Wilson

577

Affiliation

University of Toronto

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

1994

Discipline

Philosophy / Ethics

Dr. Thomas Wilson

579

Affiliation

University of Toronto

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

1980

Discipline

Economics

Catherine Wilson

1500

Affiliation

City University of New York

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

2000

Discipline

Philosophy / Ethics

Catherine Wilson

1500

Affiliation

City University of New York

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

2000

Discipline

Philosophy / Ethics

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