Charles Best Biography

Charles Best
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Birthday: February 27, 1899

Nationality: American, Canadian

Died At Age: 79

Sun Sign: Pisces

Also Known As: Charles H. Best, Charles Herbert Best

Born Country: Canada

Born in: West Pembroke, Pembroke, Maine, United States

Famous as: Co-discoverer of Insulin

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Spouse/Ex-: Margaret Mahon (1900–1988);

children: Charles Alexander Best, Henry Bruce Macleod Best

Died on: March 31, 1978

place of death: Toronto, Canada

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education: University of Toronto

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Who was Charles Best?

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.

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