Famous things that were invented by Canadians

You will be amazed to know about lots of significant things that were invented by the good people of Canada. Read further to be pleasantly astonished by many such inventions.

Peanut Butter

The idea behind the invention of peanut butter was to provide nutritious food to people who are not able to chew well. Unlike popular belief, peanut butter was not invented by American botanistGeorge Washington Carver. Rather, a Canadian pharmacist, Marcellus Gilmore Edson, invented peanut butter in 1884. He compared the consistency of his invention to that of ointment, lard or butter.

 The Pager

Known as the father of wireless communication, Toronto-born Alfred J. Gross invented the telephone pager in 1949. He is also known as the inventor of a walkie-talkie, the CB radio and cordless phones. He once said, ‘I was born thirty-five years too soon. If I still had the patents on my inventions, Bill Gates would have to stand aside for me’.

 The Garbage Bag

In 1950, Harry Wasylyk and Larry Hansen invented the garbage bag in Winnipeg. Union Carbide later bought their invention, the green polyethene garbage bag and sold it under the name, Glad. At the same time, Frank Plomp invented a prototype of the garbage bag, and for this, he is known as a co-inventor.


In 1967, the trio of Canadian filmmakers Graeme Ferguson, Roman Kroitor and Robert Kerr invented IMAX. Japan asked them to create a film for its Expo ’70; the men then built Multiscreen Corporation with monetary assistance from Fuji. The first-ever IMAX movie was ‘Tiger Child’ screened at Expo ’70.


Canadian James Naismith invented basketball while working as a physical education instructor in YMCA, Massachusetts, in 1891. He was born in Ontario and went to McGill University. He developed the rulebook for the game in the subsequent year. Later, he moved to Kansas and became the first basketball coach at the University of Kansas.


In 1921, Toronto based doctorFrederick Banting discovered insulin. The medicine was further advanced by Banting, Charles Best, John Macleod and Bertram Collip at the University of Toronto. Two years later, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Banting and Mcleod.

 Java programming language

An Alberta born Canadian computer scientist, James Gosling, developed the Java programming language in California in the 1990s. Gosling is known as the father of Java, but he worked with his Sun Microsystems colleagues, Mike Sheridan and Patrick Naughton, on it. Java remains one of the top programming languages in use to date.

Priyadarshini Kaul

Priyadarshini Kaul Mishra has two Master’s Degrees in English Literature and History. She is actively following her passion for the language by being a content creator since many years now. Besides this, Priyadarshini is a true bookworm at heart and tries to be an avid reader despite being a full-time mother now. She is also a professionally certified baker and puts on the oven mitts every now and then.
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