Sydney Wise was a Canadian Military historian. Wise's dedication as a pilot during World War II provided the inspiration to reserach many of his books, including an extensive history of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).
After the war, Wise taught at several academic institutions before becoming Professor of History and Canadian Studies at Carleton University. Throughout his academic career, Wise was involved with numerous historical organizations including the Canadian Historical Association, and the Ontario Historical Society. For his dedication and service to Canada, Sydney Wise was appointed both a Companion and Officer of the Order of Canada.