Charles Herbert Best was an American-Canadian scientist who is remembered as the co-discoverer of insulin, one of the most important milestones in the treatment of diabetes. Although he was part of the research team, he did not receive the Nobel Prize along with his co-researchers because he had not completed his graduation then. Frederick Banting, also credited with the discovery of insulin and Nobel Laureate, was deeply impressed by Best’s efforts in discovering insulin and, to honor these efforts, he shared his Nobel Prize with Best and also praised his efforts in the research. Best was multi-talented with good research skills and amazing athletic skills. He was a professional basketball player and used his remuneration from sports to pay his academic fees. Best had worked as a professor in the University of Toronto and was awarded with eighteen honorary degrees from universities around the world. Learn about the life and achievements of this great academician from this biography.
- Best was elected as a member of foreign American Academy of Arts and Sciences as an honorary member in 1948.
- He was recognized for his contribution to medicine and made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1967.
- Best was placed as the commander of the Civil Division of the Order of the British Empire and was also awarded a membership of Order of the Companions of Honor in 1971.
- Best was also bestowed with the fellowship of the Royal Society of London and the Royal Society of Canada.
- He was elected into the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and became the first Canadian to receive this honor.
- He was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 1994, posthumously.
- He was also inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2004, posthumously.
- Educational institutions like Dr. Charles Best Secondary School in Coquitlam, C.H. Best East Middle School in Toronto, Ontario and British Columbia, C.H. Best West Elementary School in Burlington, Ontario are named in his honor.
- Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki
- Free University of Berlin
- Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- Northwestern University
- Université Sorbonne de Paris
- University of Amsterdam
- University of Cambridge
- University of Chicago
- University of Chile
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Liège
- University of Louvain
- University of Melbourne
- University of Oxford
- University of San Marcos
- University of Toronto
- University of Uruguay
- University of Zagreb
CHARLES BEST TIMELINE
Best was born on 27th February in West Pembroke, Maine.
Best got admission for the Bachelor of Arts degree course in University of Toronto.
Best graduated in physiology and biochemistry. The same year, he got an opportunity to work along Frederick Banting in his research to obtain a pancreatic extract of insulin so that it can be used for controlling diabetes mellitus.
Best married Margaret Hooper Mahon in Toronto.
After the successful participation in the discovery of insulin, Best joined as professor of Physiology in the University of Toronto.
Best was elected as a member of foreign American Academy of Arts and Sciences as an honorary member.
Best was recognized for his contribution to medicine and made a Companion of the Order of Canada.
Best was placed as the commander of the Civil Division of the Order of the British Empire and was also awarded a membership of Order of the Companions of Honor.
Best died in Toronto on March 31.
Best was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame posthumously.
Best was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame posthumously.
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