Frederick G Banting - Insulin and Nobel Prize

Dr. Frederick Banting wanted to find a cure for diabetes. The answer came to him in a dream - and it won him the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

Frederick Banting was born on November 14, 1891, in Alliston, Canada. He first studied divinity, but later turned to medicine. He served in World War I and was awarded the Military Cross.

His mother passed away from diabetes, and Frederick turned his attention towards a cure. Others had linked diabetes to problems with insulin, but could not figure out the full connection and how it worked.

Frederick kept working on the problem with no success. One night, frustrated, he went to sleep pondering the problem. He dreamed of a solution, and woke up, understanding what experiment would give him the results he needed.

After a few weeks, the experiment was complete and the results were just what they were looking for. In 1923 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery.

Frederick served again during World War II and was killed in 1941.

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