Some 2022 Canadian STEM&M Anniversaries to Celebrate This Year

The 2022 Anniversaries in the History of Canadian Science and Technology

First posted Friday, January 14, 2022 / Yom shishi, 12 Shevat, 5782

By David Orenstein

In 2021 the CSTHA Blog looked at many anniversaries in Canadian STEM&M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) History, but especially Centennials and Semi-Centennials. One Semi-Centennial that our Blog celebrated was the Semi-Centennial of the 1971 awarding of the Nobel Prize in Physics to Gerhard Herzberg, blog posts by Denisa Popa in cooperation with Defining Moments Canada. We also looked at the Centennial of the December 1921 Meeting American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at the University of Toronto.

Last month we asked you to suggest such anniversaries and gave a few examples.

Here’s where we now stand:

50th Anniversaries = Semi-Centennials

International Geological Congress (IGC / Congrès géologique international (CGI), in/à Montréal August/août 20-30, 1972.

In 1972, the 1st Canadian communication satellite Earth orbit launched, Anik A1.

1972, mise en service de la centrale hydroélectrique de Churchill Falls et début des travaux à la Baie-James.

The Letters Patent to the “Statistical Science Association of Canada/Association cana-dienne de science statistique” (SSAC/ACSS) were granted on July 20, 1972.


100th Anniversaries = Centennials

The first publications on insulin (in 1922) by the University of Toronto’s Frederick Banting and Charles Best.

Fondation par le frère Marie-Victorin de l’Institut botanique de Montréal en 1922.

In 1922, the Ontario Veterinary College moved to Guelph, Ontario, from Toronto.

March 4, 1922, Robert Alexander Ross resigns from the Chairmanship of the NRC.

May 30, 1922, Frank Dawson Adams succeeds R. A. Ross as NRC Chairman.

Colonel F.M. Gaudet resigns from the Secretaryship of the NRC, September 1922.

150th Anniversaries = Sesqui-Centennials

En 1872 le Sulplicien Jean Moyen publie Cours élémentaire de botanique et flore au Canada, en usage longtemps dans les maisons d’enseignement au Québec.

200th Anniversaries = Bi-Centennials

In 1822, Robert Gourlay publishes his Statistical Account of Upper Canada.

300th Anniversaries = Tri-Centennials

On adjoint à l’Hôpital général de Québec un asile d’aliénés pour hommes en 1722.

Le Jésuite Pierre-François-Xavier de Charlevoix arrive à la Nouvelle-Orléans, de Montréal en canot, le 10 janvier 1722.



1) Michael Bliss, 1982, The Discovery of Insulin, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, and McClelland and Stewart, Toronto, 304pp., incl. 16pp. ref. & 8pp. index.

2) The Canadian Centenary Series, McClelland and Stewart Toronto, a total of 19 volumes.

-For the 1922 Centennials:

John Herd Thompson with Allen Seager, 1985, Canada 1922-1939: Decades of Discord. xiv + 438 pp., incl. 65 pp. Notes, 14 pp. Index.

-For the 1872 Sesqui-Centennials:

W.L. Morton, 1964, The Critical Years:1857-1873. xii + 322 pp., incl. 26 pp. Notes, 10 pp. Biblio., 8 pp. Index.

3) John H. Marsh (ed.), 1999, The Canadian Encyclopedia: Year 2000 Edition. lxi +2573 pp. Front endpapers: Physiographic map of Canada; Back endpapers: Flags, Flowers, and Coats of Arms of the Dominion, Provinces and Territories.

4) W. L. Morton, 1950.  The Progressive Party in Canada, University of Toronto Press, Toronto, xiii + 331 pp. incl. 12 pp. Biblio. Essay, 13 pp. Index.

5) Jean Provencher, 1997, Chronologie du Québec: 1534-1995; Édition mise à jour. Bibliothèque québécoise, Montréal, 365 pp., incl. Index 13 pp., Sources des documents visuels, 1 p.

6) Mel Thistle, 1966, The Inner Ring: The Early History of the National Research Council of Canada, University of Toronto Press, Toronto, xxxiii + 435 pp., incl. Ref. list in each ch., 13 pp. Index.



Gerhard Herzberg Blog Posts:

Introducing Herzberg 50, May 17, 2021.

Herzberg and Scientific Progress, November 11, 2021.

Herzberg and the NRC, January 7, 2022.


Day by Day Centennials of the 1921 Toronto AAAS Meeting blog posts:

1. Monday, December 26, 1921:

2. Tuesday, December 27, 1921:

3. Wednesday, December 28, 1921:

4. Thursday, December 29, 1921:

5. Friday, December 30, 1921:

6. Saturday, December 31, 1921:


Reference Works:

Dictionnaire biographique du Canada/Dictionary of Canadian Biography (DBC/DCB)

The Canadian Encyclopedia:

L’Encyclopédie canadiennne:

The Canadian Centenary Series:

From the Toronto Public Library Catalogue-

From Wikipedia-