Grant Maltman - Sir Frederick Banting, MC: Warrior Scientist?

Historians and authors have well documented Sir Frederick Banting’s role in the discovery of insulin. What have not been as effectively communicated are his contributions to Canada’s war effort at home and abroad. Banting’s involvement in Canada’s military began with an initial rejection for service in 1914 and ended with his death on a mission to England in 1941. Using a series of slides, newspaper accounts and personal papers, this presentation will focus on that journey and the significant legacy he left behind.

Grant Maltman has more than 25 years of experience in the cultural resource management and heritage presentation field. Since 1993, he has been the Curator of Banting House National Historic Site of Canada, the birthplace of insulin.In addition to securing the designation of Banting House as a national historic site, he served as a historical consultant for the Royal Canadian Mint’s commemoration of Banting as Canada’s first Nobel Prize recipient and the CBC production, The Greatest Canadian Contest. In 2015, he was awarded the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (London Branch)/Heritage London Foundation Built Heritage Award for the restoration of Banting House. He was also a contributor to London Street Names: An Illustrated Guide.

Grant is a graduate from both The University of Western Ontario andSir Frederick G. Banting Secondary School when, as a student, he presented the Canadian Diabetes Association with a cheque from the student body for the development of what was then the Banting House Museum.