The youngest of the six children of William Banting and Margaret Grant, Banting grew up on a farm near Alliston, Ontario. In 1915, before graduating from University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine, he signed up with the Canadian Army Medical Corps during World War One. After graduating in 1916, he took up duties as a surgeon in a Canadian military hospital in England before being sent to France in June 1918. Captain Banting was wounded during the attack on Cambrai on September 28 and was awarded the Military Cross for valor.
|Dr. Frederick Banting (right) and Dr. Charles Best|
In 1921 he and C.H. Best began research into a cure for diabetes at the University of Toronto. Their experiments led to the discovery of insulin. Banting was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine in 1923, the youngest man to receive the Nobel in medicine. He was knighted in 1934.
He died in a plane crash in Newfoundland in 1941.
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