Frederick Banting MC
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Frederick Grant Banting MC (1891 - 1941)

Sir Frederick Grant Banting MC
Born in near Alliston, Essa, Simcoe, Ontario, Canadamap
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Husband of — married 4 Jun 1924 (to 1932) in Toronto, Ontario, Canadamap
Husband of — married 2 Jun 1939 in Toronto, Ontario, Canadamap
Father of [private son (1920s - unknown)]
Died in Gander, Newfoundland, Canadamap
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Frederick Banting MC is/was a significant Ontarian .
Sir Frederick Banting KBE, MC, FRS, FRSC, was the co-discoverer of insulin, a Nobel laureate, a medical scientist, and a painter. Following the discovery of insulin, he was appointed Canada's first professor of medical research at the University of Toronto.

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.

Banting married Marion Robertson in 1924.[3] They had one son, William Robertson, before divorcing in 1932. In 1939 he married Henrietta Ball.[4]

He died in a plane crash in Newfoundland in 1941.[5]


  1. Library and Archives Canada, Personnel Records of the First World War, CEF RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 414 - 41, 23629
  2. Michael Bliss, “BANTING, Sir FREDERICK GRANT,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 17, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed September 6, 2019,
  3. "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 March 2018), Frederick Grant Banting and Marion Wilson Robertson, 04 Jun 1924; citing registration , Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,838,046.
  4. Sir frederick banting, of insulin fame, weds henrietta ball, research pupil. (1939, Jun 06). The Globe and Mail (1936-Current) Retrieved from ProQuest
  5. Canadian Encyclopedia

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Hello Profile Managers, I used to live in Allison, where Sir Fredrick Banting is from. I am not sure if you know or are interested, but there is a High School there named in his honour. Banting Memorial High School. It is located at, 203 Victoria Street East, Alliston, Ontario, Canada. They actually teach the students all about Sir Banting and his insulin discovery. I just thought I would mention it, Incase your interested.
Elaine, Yes, Very interested. Thank you so much!
Hello Profile Managers!

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Thanks! Abby

posted by Abby (Brown) Glann