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Sir Frederick Banting 1891-1941

Sir Frederick Banting

Photo by Colin Old - Posted September, 2014

Sir Frederick Banting

Photo by Colin Old - Posted September, 2014

Sir Frederick Banting

Photo by Colin Old - Posted September, 2014

Sir Frederick Banting

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The County of Simcoe
The Town of New Tecumseth
In Alliston, in front to the Frederick Banting Homestead
1 km north of Victoria Street East (Highway 89) on Sir Frederick Banting Road (Concession Road 3)

Coordinates: N 44 10.041 W 79 50.772


Plaque Text

Soldier, surgeon, and scientist, Banting in 1920 became convinced of the existence of a hormone known as insulin. A laboratory provided by Prof. J.J.R. McLeod of the University of Toronto enabled Banting and Charles H. Best, in 1921, to prepare an active anti-diabetic extract of pancreas, purified by Prof. J.B. Collip. This substance was first used successfully on a patient on January 23, 1922, by Drs. W.R. Campbell and A.A. Fletcher. Banting received the Nobel Prize for medicine with MacLeod in 1923 and was knighted in 1934. Born in Alliston, he died in the crash of a military aircraft in Newfoundland, on February 21, 1941.

Related Ontario plaques
James Bertram Collip 1892-1965
Banting House

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The Discovery of Insulin
Sir Frederick Banting 1891-1941
John James Rickard Macleod 1876-1935


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> Posted November 14, 2016
Today marks the 125th anniversary of Banting's birth in Alliston. To mark it, a Google doodle was made for worldwide distribution. There are three federal plaques to Banting--in Toronto, London and Alliston. -Wayne

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