We are saddened to learn of the passing of Michael Bliss, OC PhD, distinguished historian and longtime friend and supporter of the Banting Research Foundation and of Canadian medical research.
Dr Bliss wrote, among many other books, The Discovery of Insulin and Banting: A Biography. These remain the defining works on the life of Sir Frederick Banting and on the discovery of insulin as a treatment for diabetes. They provide, as well, unique historical insight into the course of events that led leaders of the University and city of Toronto to establish the Banting Research Foundation, Canada’s first medical research granting agency, initially as a means of supporting new research initiatives conceived by Banting and colleagues within the Banting and Best Department of Medical Research.
Dr Bliss served as a Foundation Trustee from 2003 to 2006 and was the keynote speaker at a recent Foundation event. There, he entertained the audience with vignettes of Banting, his contemporaries, and the unpredictability of discovery research.