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Donald Alexander MacRae (1916-2006)

Donald MacRae

Donald Alexander MacRae was the the chairman of the department of Astronomy and director of the David Dunlap Observatory from 1965 until 1978. He was an innovative teacher and a visionary scientist under whose leadership the department grew into a diversified and internationally recognized institution.


  • Some personal comments about Don MacRae on the occassion of his passing December 6, 2006
  • The National Film Board Movie: "Universe" - Throughout his career, Dr. MacRae was a strong supporter of public outreach.  He was the astronomer depicted in the National Film Board's 1960 Oscar-nominated short film "Universe".  The movie shows him during a nightlong vigil at the David Dunlap Observatory.  This film has garnered several awards.