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Sir Frederick Banting Honoured
June 29, 2001
{Author: eBerg Staff}


The Banting Memorial Interpretation Centre in Musgrave Harbour opened last weekend in Newfoundland devoted to the man who co-discovered insulin. The museum will help recount the events which led to the death of Sir Frederick Banting who died in a plane crash near Musgrave Harbour while making it's way to England 60 years ago. A monument has also been unveiled in the name of the scientist.

Elaine Abbott of the Banting Historical Trust says though some problems arose while gathering artifacts from the crash site, these pieces will be displayed throughout the museum:

"The plane crashed in 1941. For years people were going in there taking parts of it. We've run newspaper ads asking that these parts be returned because they're probably of no value to these individuals, but to the centre it's quite significant."

The Historical Trust has unveiled a monument to the scientist as well. A new historical play about Sir Frederick Banting will be performed at the Centre during this summer.


Banting, the discoverer of insulin, was born in Alliston, Ontario, in 1891. He served in the First World War with distinction and was awarded the Military Cross.
He then started practise in London, Ontario and taught medical classes at the University of Western Ontario. Banting, becoming interested in diabetes, began the development of isolating insulin. In 1921 Banting worked in the offices of J.R.R. Macleod. Within two years, with the help of a collegue Charles Best, a graduate student, Banting had isolated insulin, naturally created by the pancreas. Banting and Macleod were awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1923.

Banting also indulged in painting. In the 1930's when Banting was tiring from his research a close friend suggested that he concentrate on his painting instead. Banting said he would entertain the idea when he turned 50.
Banting was 49 when he died