J. Playfair McMurrich

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James Playfair McMurrich
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McMurrich from the 1902 Michiganensian
Born(1859-10-16)October 16, 1859
Toronto, Canada West
DiedFebruary 9, 1939(1939-02-09) (aged 79)
Occupationzoologist and academic

James Playfair McMurrich, FRSC (October 16, 1859 – February 9, 1939) was a Canadian zoologist and academic.

Born in Toronto, the son of John McMurrich,[1] McMurrich received a M.A. from the University of Toronto in 1881 and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1885.

From 1881 to 1884, he was a Professor of biology and horticulture at Ontario Agricultural College in the University of Guelph. From 1892 to 1894, he taught at the University of Cincinnati. He was a Professor of Anatomy in homoeopathic department of the University of Michigan. From 1907 to 1930, he was Professor of anatomy at the University of Toronto.

From 1922 to 1923, he was the president of the Royal Society of Canada. In 1922, he was the president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1933, he was the president of the History of Science Society. In 1939, he was awarded the Royal Society of Canada's Flavelle Medal.[2]

In 1882, he married Katie Moodie Vickers.

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • A text-book of invertebrate morphology (1894)
  • Leonardo da Vinci: The Anatomist (1930)


  1. ^ "John McMurrich Biography". Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.
  2. ^ "Flavelle Medal citation". Royal Society of Canada.
Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
Duncan C. Scott
President of the Royal Society of Canada
Succeeded by
Thomas Chapais
Preceded by
Berthold Laufer
President of the History of Science Society
Succeeded by
Harvey Williams Cushing