Sir Sandford Fleming lived in Peterborough as a young engineer, moving here in Fleming is the inventor of standard time, was the chief surveyor for the Trans-Canada Railway and oversaw the laying of the first trans-Atlantic telephone cable.
Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield, Expedition 34 flight engineer, watches a water bubble float freely between him and the camera, showing his image refracted, in the Unity node of the International Space Station.
Sir Gordon Drummond, GCB (27 September 1772 – 10 October 1854) was the first Canadian-born officer to command the military and the civil government of Canada. As Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, Drummond distinguished himself on the Niagara front in the War of 1812 and later became Governor-General and Administrator of Canada. Drummond was born in Quebec in 1772, the son of Colin Drummond, Lower Canada Paymaster and a member of a prominent Scottish family.