There is a rich history surrounding the University and Canada over the past 150 years. Major historical events that impacted the country, also impacted the University. Our alumni include some of the best and brightest Canadians, including leaders of the country. Together, the University and Canada have grown up and our histories are deeply intertwined. In this section, we will be featuring content about individuals and events that helped shape not only the University, but the entire nation.
2017 also marks 50 Years of UTM, formerly known as Erindale College.
In recognition of Canada 150, campus archives and special collections came together to showcase their unique, diverse holdings within the context of 150 years of Canada’s historical narrative.
The first pacemaker was co-invented by Dr. Wilfred Bigelow at the University of Toronto’s Banting Institute in 1950 (via The Globe and Mail):
The discovery of stem cells revolutionized medicine, including U of T’s Dr. Derek van der Kooy discovery of retinal stem cells, a finding being used to reverse blindness (via The Globe and Mail):
U of T Engineering alum, Lewis Urry, invented the modern-day battery that powered the consumer electronics revolution (via The Globe and Mail):
In 1866, 28 University College students saw military action in the defence of Canada at the Battle of Ridgeway on the Niagara Peninsula where Fenians had invaded:
In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, The Canadian Jewish News is preseting profiles of some of the most prominent Jewish Canadians throughout our history, including several members of the U of T community: