- Category : Science-Biology
- Type : MGP
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Explanation 4
Canadian physician who, with Charles H. Best, was one of the first to extract (1921) the hormone insulin from the pancreas. Injections of insulin proved to be the first effective treatment for diabetes, a disease in which glucose accumulates in abnormally high quantities in the blood. Banting and Best completed their experiments in 1922. The following year Banting and Macleod received the 1923 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of insulin, though Macleod had not actually taken part in the original research. Angered that Macleod, rather than Best, had received the Nobel Prize, Banting divided his share of the award equally with Best.
In 1934 he was knighted by King George V. In 2004, Frederick Banting was voted 4th place on The Greatest Canadian.
He was killed in a plane crash on 21 February 1941 while on a war mission.