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McMaster Goes Public


Originally founded as a Baptist university, McMaster becomes a publicly funded, non-denominational institution.

McMaster Nuclear Reactor

Nuclear Reactor


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 Children's Hospital Planning

McMaster's Medical School


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.

McMaster's History

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