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Charles George Drake, CC OOnt FRCSC (July 21, 1920 – September 15, 1998) was a Canadian neurosurgeon known for his work on treating aneurysms.

Charles George Drake
Born(1920-07-21)July 21, 1920
Windsor, Ontario
DiedSeptember 15, 1998(1998-09-15) (aged 78)
Spouse(s)Ruth Pitts
AwardsOrder of Canada
Order of Ontario

Born in Windsor, Ontario, he received his B.Sc. and MD degrees from The University of Western Ontario.

From 1974 until 1984 he was Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Western Ontario. In 1986, he co-founded the Robarts Research Institute, which was Canada's only independent medical research centre until its recent merger with the university. While he practiced, he was a member of The Harvey Club of London, the oldest medical club in Canada.

He was the president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (1971–1973), the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (1977), the American College of Surgeons (1984–1985), the World Federation of Neurological Societies (1977–1981), the Society of Neurological Surgeons (1980), and the American Surgical Association (1986–1987).

In 1982 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 1998. In 1994 he was inducted in the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. There is also a metal bust of his head outside London's University Hospital, where Drake practised.

He married Ruth Pitts.



Ribbon Description Notes
  Order of Canada (CC)
  • Officer 20 April 1983
  • Companion 19 August 1998
  • [1]
  Order of Ontario (O.Ont)
  • Member
  • 1989
  • [2]
  125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal
  • 1992

Honorary DegreesEdit

Honorary degrees
Location Date School Degree
  Ontario June 1982 University of Toronto Doctor of Laws (LL.D) [3]
  Nova Scotia 1984 Dalhousie University Doctor of Laws (LL.D) [4]
  Ontario 15 June 1987 University of Western Ontario Doctor of Science (D.Sc) [5]


  • Fox, Allan J.; A (February 1, 1999). "Charles George Drake, Neurosurgeon". American Journal of Neuroradiology. American Society of Neuroradiology. 20 (2): 358–359. ISSN 0195-6108. PMID 10094371.