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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 affi liated 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. Anthony Arrott

623

Affiliation

Simon Fraser University

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1983

Discipline

Physics

Dr. James Arthur

624

Affiliation

University of Toronto

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1981

Discipline

Mathematics and Computer Sciences

Prof. Harry Arthurs

200

Affiliation

York University

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

1982

Discipline

Law

English Arts

11608

Affiliation

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

French Arts

11617

Affiliation

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Michael Asch

1657

Affiliation

University of Victoria

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

2002

Discipline

Anthropology / Archaeology

English ASE

11611

Affiliation

Academy

Academy of Science

French ASE

11620

Affiliation

Academy

Academy of Science

Dr. E. Jennifer Ashworth

201

Affiliation

University of Waterloo

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

1991

Discipline

Philosophy / Ethics

Gordon Asmundson

3608

Affiliation

University of Regina

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

2009

Discipline

Psychology

David Atherton

628

Affiliation

Queen's University

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1995

Discipline

Applied Science
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Gail Marie Atkinson

10047

Affiliation

Western University

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2014

Harold Atwood

630

Affiliation

University of Toronto

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1982

Discipline

Animal Biology

Margaret Atwood

202

Affiliation

McClelland & Stewart

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

1987

Discipline

Creative Writing
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Michèle Audette

10962

Affiliation

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

2016

Lorne Babiuk

1438

Affiliation

University of Alberta

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1999

Discipline

Animal Biology

Constance Backhouse

1937

Affiliation

University of Ottawa

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

2004

Discipline

Law

Peter Backx

3555

Affiliation

University of Toronto

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2008

Discipline

Medical Sciences

Dr. Terence Bailey

203

Affiliation

Western University

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

1984

Discipline

Musicology

Dr. Gauvin Bailey

9736

Affiliation

Queen's University

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

2013

Michael Baird

1699

Affiliation

Queen's University

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2003

Discipline

Chemistry

Prof. Patricia Baird

1570

Affiliation

The University of British Columbia

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2001

Discipline

Molecular Biology and Genetics

Dr. David Baird

636

Affiliation

Parks Canada

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1958

Discipline

Earth Sciences
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David Bakhurst

10813

Affiliation

Queen's University

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

2016

Discipline

Philosophy / Ethics

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