16 Canadian-born Nobel laureates and their prizes

Be it for science, medicine, literature or peace, Canadians are bringing home Nobel hardware

Today, Alice Munro became the first Canadian to win the Nobel prize for literature. The prize is named for Alfred Nobel, who gave most of his fortune to a series of prizes in science, medicine, literature and peace in 1895.

Here are some other Canadian-born winners:

Nobel laureate, Prize, Year:

1. Ralph Steinman (1943-2011): Medicine, 2011

2. Willard S. Boyle (1924-2011): Physics, 2009

3. Robert A. Mundell (1932- ): Economics, 1999

4. Myron S. Scholes (1941- ) Economics, 1996

5. William Vickrey (1914-96) Economics, 1996

6. Bertram N. Brockhouse (1918-2003) Physics, 1994

7. Rudolph A. Marcus (1923- ) Chemistry, 1992

8. Richard E. Taylor (1929- ) Physics, 1990

9. Sidney Altman (1939- ) Chemistry, 1989

10. Henry Taube (1915-2005) Chemistry, 1983

11. David H. Hubel (1926- ) Medicine, 1981

12. Saul Bellow* (1915-2005) Literature, 1976

13. Charles Brenton Huggins (1901-97) Medicine, 1966

14. Lester Bowles Pearson (1897-1972) Peace, 1957

15. William Fancis Giauque (1895-1982) Chemistry, 1949

16. Frederick Grant Banting (1891-1941) Medicine, 1923

NOTE: Saul Bellow was born in Quebec, but became an American citizen in adulthood.


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16 Canadian-born Nobel laureates and their prizes

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