Dr. Frederick Banting is the ultimate Canadian ambassador.
One such remarkable pioneer was Dr. Frederick Banting. Renowned for discovering insulin and employing it for the treatment of diabetes, Banting was extremely deserving of the honors that flooded in as a result of his research. But as he rose to super-stardom in the 1920s and 1930s, he never lost touch with his roots. And his humble, hardworking persona continues to resonate with Canadians, who voted him into 4th place on the Greatest Canadians list in 2004. When I think of the best qualities of a Canadian, at home or abroad, I think of Dr. Banting. Here's why.
A wry sense of humor
A selfless teammate
In World War II, he enlisted to serve again and did so in the capacity of medical research. He was so dedicated to his work that he even subjected himself to mustard gas burns so he could study the effects and test potential antidotes.
A humble trailblazer
A generous colleague
Banting, MacLeod, and the rest of the team working on the development of insulin also generously turned over the patent rights to insulin to the University of Toronto so that no one individual would profit from the discovery.
A quiet talent
I'd love to hear from you? What historical figure inspires you? Have you ever traveled for the purposes of learning more about a famous person?
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Our visit to Banting House was sponsored in part by SWOTC. All writing, research, and opinions are our own.