Originally founded as a Baptist university, McMaster becomes a publicly funded, non-denominational institution.
The McMaster Nuclear Reactor, the first university-based research reactor in the British Commonwealth, begins operations. Today, it is one of the world’s largest suppliers of the medical radioisotope iodine-125, used in the treatment of prostate cancer.
McMaster establishes a medical school and teaching hospital. The medical school goes on to pioneer “problem-based learning,” known around the world as the McMaster Model.