Canadian Arts, Culture and History
December 04 — 09, 2021
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Dr. Sir Frederick Banting's University of Toronto Laboratory Polarimeter, Philbért & Felix Pellin, Paris, c.1900
Collection of Dr. Stanley Gore, Toronto, ON
Prior to studying medicine, Dr. Gore, an Honours Science undergraduate at the University of Toronto (1966-1970), worked as a biochemistry research student in Professor Jeffrey Wong's lab in the original Faculty of Medicine building. This historic campus structure, adjacent to the land occupied by the current Faculty of Medicine Building, housed the Departments of Physiology and Biochemistry. Shortly before the building was scheduled for demolition, staff, graduate and research students were invited to take one or two instruments as mementos. Dr. Gore selected this polarimeter from the laboratory previously used by Professor John J.R. Macleod, Dr. Frederick Banting and Charles Best, the co-discoverers of insulin.