Frederick Grant Banting Biography

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Life Description Sir Frederick Grant Banting was a Canadian physician, physiologist, and Nobel winner in 1923 for the discovery of the hormone insulin, used in treating diabetes. Early Life Banting was born November 14, 1891, on a farm near Alliston, Ontario. The death of his friend made him having the desire to be a doctor. However, his father was a devoutly religious man, and hoped that Frederick would become minister. After he graduated from high school, the conflicts with his parents begun. His parents finally persuaded him to enrol in the liberal art course at Victoria College, Ontario. In 1910, he and his cousin Fred Hipwell began their studies at Victoria College. However, Banting's mind was still on medicine.…show more content…
The world continued to honor and reward him. In 1934, he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by King George V. The Death of Sir Banting Later in his life, he joined the army in World War II. Aviation medicine became his favourite line of research. Shortly before his departure on a mission to Great Britain, he was uneasy and told his cousin Fred Hipwell that he was "a little bit afraid." On February 21, 1941, the plane carrying Banting 50 miles out from Newfoundland airport, heading over the Atlantic Ocean. One of the engines sputtered and failed. It crashed while landing on the ground. Thousands mourned Banting's passing. He was buried as a soldier in a simple ceremony. The last words said over the flag- draped coffin were: "It is not given to everyone to die for his country, for freedom and justice, to die in the path of duty....Such was the earthly end of Frederick Grant Banting. Tragic? Yes, but also triumphant." Discovery and Contribution The main discovery of Sir Banting of course was the insulin that

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