Nov. 14, 1891 Alliston Simcoe County Ontario, Canada
Feb. 21, 1941 Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Born the youngest of five children in Alliston Ontario. Studied medicine at the University of Toronto. After graduating in 1916, he joined the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WWI. In 1918 he was wounded at the battle of Cambrai and in 1919 he was awarded the Military Cross for heroism under fire. After the war, he returned to medical practice. He was awarded a Gold Medal in 1922 from his peers in recognition of his medical achievements. During working in a children's hospital, that he became interested in research being done on a terminal illness called diabetes. After getting funding and facilities he set to work doing experiments with dogs. He had an assistant name Charles Best aiding him. It was during these experiments that they succeeded in distilling the first insulin, for which Frederick Banting was awarded the Nobel Prize, which he shared with his assistant Charles Best. He was twice married and had one son William b.1928. He was knighted in 1934. He was once again serving as a military doctor during WW2 when he was killed in a airplane crash disaster in Newfoundland, Canada.
Tears as I type this…..you discovered insulin and sold the patent for one dollar. This marks you as a one of the most dedicated and selfless men. Oh, the lives you saved by your brilliance. Your radiant example serves as a beacon to shame those who quest ...(Read more) -
Dr. W. Steven Pray Added: Nov. 4, 2015