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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

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Charles Bernstein

3880

Affiliation

University of Manitoba

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2012

Discipline

Medical Sciences

Dr. R. Albert Berry

218

Affiliation

University of Toronto

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

1997

Discipline

Economics

Mr. Bernard Beugnot

26

Affiliation

Université de Montréal

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

1988

Discipline

Literature

Alan Bewell

3332

Affiliation

University of Toronto

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

2006

Discipline

Literature

Dr. J. Derek Bewley

661

Affiliation

University of Guelph

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1982

Discipline

Plant Biology

Dr. Vijay Bhargava

1505

Affiliation

The University of British Columbia

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2000

Discipline

Engineering

Dr. Prakash Bhartia

662

Affiliation

Natel Engineering Co. Inc.

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1997

Discipline

Applied Science

Ellen Bialystok

1677

Affiliation

York University

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

2003

Discipline

Psychology

Mr. Gilles Bibeau

27

Affiliation

Université de Montréal

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

1990

Discipline

Anthropology
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Alain Bideau

10487

Affiliation

INSHS CNRS Paris France

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

2015

Discipline

Demographics

Dr. R.G.S. Bidwell

1819

Affiliation

Queen's University

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1972

Discipline

Plant Biology

John Bienenstock

663

Affiliation

McMaster University

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1992

Discipline

Medical Sciences

Dr. Edward Bierstone

664

Affiliation

University of Toronto

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1992

Discipline

Mathematics and Computer Sciences

Dr. Roy Billinton

665

Affiliation

University of Saskatchewan

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1980

Discipline

Engineering

Dr. Richard Bird

220

Affiliation

University of Toronto

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

1978

Discipline

Economics

Robert Birgeneau

1618

Affiliation

University of Toronto

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2002

Discipline

Physics
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Michel Biron

10499

Affiliation

McGill University

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

2015

Discipline

Literature

Dr. Viola Birss

3759

Affiliation

University of Calgary

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2011

Discipline

Applied Science
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Sandra Black

3881

Affiliation

University of Toronto

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2012

Discipline

Medical Sciences
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Cindy Blackstock

10963

Affiliation

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

2016

Mrs. Marie-Claire Blais

29

Affiliation

Victoria University, University of Toronto

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

1986

Discipline

Creative Writing

Mr. André Blais

1408

Affiliation

Université de Montréal

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

1999

Discipline

Political Science

Mrs. Marie-Claire Blais

29

Affiliation

University of Victoria, University of Toronto

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

1986

Discipline

Creative Writing

Dr. Ian Blake

1700

Affiliation

The University of British Columbia

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2003

Discipline

Engineering

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