Charles Best (medical scientist)

Charles Herbert Best
C. H. Best ca. 1924.jpg
Born(1899-02-27)February 27, 1899
DiedMarch 31, 1978(1978-03-31) (aged 79)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
Known forCo-discoverer of insulin
Margaret Mahon (1900–1988)
(m. 1924; his death 1978)
Awards Flavelle Medal (1950)
Gairdner Foundation International Award (1971)
Order of Canada
Order of the British Empire
Order of the Companions of Honour
Scientific career

Charles Herbert Best CC CH CBE FRS FRSC FRCP[1] (February 27, 1899 – March 31, 1978) was an American-Canadian medical scientist and one of the co-discoverers of insulin.


Born in West Pembroke, Maine on February 27, 1899 to Luella Fisher and Herbert Huestis Best, Canadian born physician from Nova Scotia.[2] Best grew up in Pembroke before going to Toronto to study medicine in 1915.[2]

Best married Margaret Hooper Mahon in Toronto in 1924 and they had two sons. One son, Henry Best was a well-regarded historian who later became president of Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. Best's other son was Charles Alexander Best, a Canadian politician and geneticist.

He died on March 31, 1978 in Toronto, Ontario.[3] Best is interred in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto (section 29) not far from Sir Frederick Banting.

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