The Nov. 14 Google Doodle honors World Diabetes Day and Frederick Banting, who would have been 125 years old today. The Nobel Prize-winning scientist was the first person to use insulin on humans to treat diabetes. Here’s everything you need to know about Frederick!
1. He co-discovered insulin.
Fredrick and Dr. Charles Best spent years trying to extract insulin from the pancreas to treat diabetes, which was considered a death sentence at the time. In 1922, Leonard Thompson became the first person to receive an insulin injection to treat Type 1 diabetes.
2. He received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1923.
Frederick was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for the medical breakthrough. King George V knighted Frederick in 1934. There is a life-size statue of Frederick in Sir Frederick G. Banting Square in London, Ontario.
3. He nearly died in World War I.
Frederick tried to enlist in the Canadian Army at the start of World War I, but he was denied entry because of poor eyesight, according to the Canadian Diabetes Association. He ended up serving in the Canadian Army Medical Service. He was wounded in an 1918 attack in France, but he continued to fight and help his fellow comrades for almost 17 hours straight. Frederick received the Military Cross for his heroic efforts.
4. Frederick was also an exceptional painter.
As Frederick grew older, he became extremely fascinated with painting. He first became interested after seeing a print in a local London shop. He decided to try his hand at it. He wrote during his time in London: “My happiest hours of this period were spent thus trying to copy pictures mostly from old magazines or books.”
5. He died after a tragic plane crash.
Frederick died following a plane crash in Newfoundland in 1941. The plane suffered double engine failure. Frederick died from injuries he sustained in the plane crash the next day. He was headed to England on a military mission.
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