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McGill University is a public research university located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Founded in 1821 during the British colonial era, the university bears the name of James McGill, a prominent Montreal merchant from Glasgow, Scotland and alumnus of Glasgow University, whose bequest formed the beginning of the university. Several colleges and universities were established by McGill, including the University of British Columbia, which was known as the McGill University College of British Columbia until 1915, the University of Victoria, an affiliated junior college of McGill until 1916, and Dawson College which began in 1945 as a satellite campus of McGill to absorb the anticipated influx of students after World War II. In addition, McGill medical graduate and former professor, William Osler, was among the four founders and early faculty members of the Johns Hopkins University medical school.

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