Charles Herbert Best

Medicine

Co-discoverer of insulin

Best was educated in Toronto, Ontario and London, England. After graduating in physiology and biochemistry, Best started to work with Frederick Banting on the problem of diabetes. They discovered insulin four months later. Best developed a method of drying and storing blood serum for military use and received military honours for this in 1944. His name is also associated with such drugs as histamine, heparin and choline.

Sources: Encyclopedia of Canadiana 1971; Canadian Encyclopedia 1985; Image: Italian Museum of Diabetes website

 

The Person