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Science and Technology

Imagine a world without science and technology. The First Peoples of Alberta, who lived thousands of years ago, had their own technologies, like hunting weapons and cooking equipment. Although science and technology are far more sophisticated today, the same inquiring minds and inventive spirits are behind all advances in science and technology, no matter how big or small. It is a desire to know more about a certain phenomena, and to utilize this knowledge for the benefit of humankind.


Alberta has always embraced technological development, with many of the new technologies established by local pioneers unwilling to wait for others to bring it to them. Examples include Alex Taylor who installed his own telephones in Edmonton and St. Albert in 1885, W. H. "Billy" Cochrane who was driving a steam car in High River in 1903, and Reginald Hunt who built and flew his own airplane in 1909.

Albertans have been notable inventors over the years, creating devises and processes not previously employed in Alberta or the rest of the world. Some of the more remarkable inventions to come out of Alberta include James Gosling's invention of the computer language Java, Dr. Karl Clark’s refinement of the process that separates oil from oil sand, and Bruce Nodwell's invention of the muskeg crossing vehicle, the Nodwell 110.

None of these technologies could have been invented without research. Research is a scientific investigation performed by people who seek to gain answers to questions and broaden their knowledge base. Research establishments provide the ideal space for these inquiring people. For example, Dr. Karl Clark patented his invention while working at the Alberta Research Council, the first and largest provincial research organization in Canada.

Alberta innovation is all around us, saving lives and transforming industry. Watch this brief vignette that showcases innovation around Alberta, from cold medication to GPS systems. [Watch]

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