James Bertram Collip Biochemistry

One of the original patentees of insulin, and one of first to isolate parathyroid hormone

The Story

Collip became a medical researcher after obtaining his PhD from UofT. At Banting’s request, Collip was asked to join the team investigating the internal secretion of the pancreas. A skillful biochemist, he produced the first insulin suitable for use on human beings. With Best and Banting, he was one of the original patentees of insulin, and in 1923 received a one-quarter share of the Nobel Prize money awarded to Banting and J. J. R. MacLeod. He contributed to endocrinological research and was one of the first to isolate the parathyroid hormone. In 1928 he became professor of biochemistry at McGill University in Montreal, where for the next decade he and his students were leaders in endocrinology, pioneering in the isolation and study of the ovarian and gonadotrophic hormones. Collip left McGill in 1947 to become Dean of Medicine at Western Ontario. In 1994, he was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

Sources: The Canadian Encyclopedia 1988

The Person

November 20, 1892
Bellville, Ontario
Date of Death
June 19, 1965
Place of Death
London, Ontario
  • PhD (Biochem), University of Toronto
  • MD
Last Updated
August 30, 2004

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