Frederick Banting

1891 - 1941

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Sir Frederick Grant Banting (November 14, 1891 – February 21, 1941) was a Canadian pharmacologist, orthopedist, and field surgeon. For his co-discovery of insulin and its therapeutic potential, Banting was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with John Macleod. Banting and his student, Charles Best, isolated insulin at the University of Toronto in the lab of Scottish physiologist John Macleod. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Frederick Banting has received more than 2,647,890 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Frederick Banting is the 72nd most popular physician (down from 38th in 2019), the 21st most popular biography from Canada (down from 16th in 2019) and the most popular Canadian Physician.

Frederick Banting was a Canadian physician and scientist who, along with Charles Best, discovered the hormone insulin in 1921.

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Among physicians, Frederick Banting ranks 72 out of 726Before him are Ferid Murad, Otto Loewi, Christiaan Barnard, Herophilos, Elias Lönnrot, and Niels Ryberg Finsen. After him are Stanley Cohen, Jacques Rogge, Selman Waksman, August Krogh, Theodor Morell, and Louis Auguste Blanqui.

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Among people born in 1891, Frederick Banting ranks 23Before him are Rafael Trujillo, Genrikh Yagoda, Helmuth Weidling, Walther Bothe, Ilya Ehrenburg, and Fritz Todt. After him are Osip Mandelstam, Edward Bernays, Tadamichi Kuribayashi, Alexander Rodchenko, Fumimaro Konoe, and Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia. Among people deceased in 1941, Frederick Banting ranks 20Before him are James George Frazer, Paul Sabatier, El Lissitzky, Ioannis Metaxas, Hans Spemann, and Marina Tsvetaeva. After him are Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Edward Rydz-Śmigły, Ernst Udet, Prajadhipok, Werner Mölders, and Werner Sombart.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, Frederick Banting ranks 21 out of 1,622Before him are Margaret Atwood (1939), David Cronenberg (1943), James Naismith (1861), Glenn Gould (1932), Eric Berne (1910), and Willard Boyle (1924). After him are Michael J. Fox (1961), Gilles Villeneuve (1950), William Giauque (1895), Saul Bellow (1915), Neil Young (1945), and Neil Peart (1952).

Among PHYSICIANS In Canada

Among physicians born in Canada, Frederick Banting ranks 1After him are Oswald Avery (1877), Charles Brenton Huggins (1901), David H. Hubel (1926), Norman Bethune (1890), William Osler (1849), Frances Oldham Kelsey (1914), Édouard Gagnon (1918), Lucille Teasdale-Corti (1929), Maude Abbott (1868), James Heilman (1979), and Alaa Murabit (1989).