Tracking Years of Change
The origin of chemistry and science in Canada can be traced back to the early 1800s. In 1813, John Struthers, a Scottish-born Canadian physician, published the first book on chemistry in Canada. Struthers’ work was followed by several other significant early contributions, including those of John Richardson (1819), George Brown (1824), and Alexander Murray (1831).
These early works laid the foundation for the development of a strong chemistry and science community in Canada.
Chemistry and Science Canada started because of the efforts of Sir John A. Macdonald and other early Canadian politicians to create a country with a strong economy and scientific base, which would help it become a world power.
By establishing universities, funding research projects, and encouraging innovation, they could achieve their goals. Today, Canada remains one of the most prosperous countries regarding science and technology investments. It is also home to some of the world’s leading research institutions, such as the National Research Council.
Chemistry and Science Canada constitutes labs and research facilities that analyze and study matter’s chemical and physical properties. These labs are used to develop new products, treatments, and technologies.
In addition, these labs help scientists learn about the natural world by studying rocks, soils, plants, and animals.