Ac­claimed his­to­rian Bliss dies at 76

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

TORONTO — Cana­dian his­to­rian and au­thor Michael Bliss has died at the age of 76.

The Univer­sity of Toronto an­nounced his death on its web­site on Thurs­day, but gave no cause of death.

It said de­tails of a me­mo­rial would be posted when they be­come avail­able.

Bliss was a pro­fes­sor at Univer­sity Col­lege’s his­tory de­part­ment and a fre­quent com­men­ta­tor on na­tional af­fairs, writ­ing col­umns for news­pa­pers such as the Globe and Mail and the Na­tional Post.

The univer­sity says Bliss au­thored 14 books on busi­ness, politics, and medicine, was an Of­fi­cer of the Or­der of Canada, a Fel­low of the Royal So­ci­ety of Canada, and a mem­ber of the Cana­dian Med­i­cal Hall of Fame.

When Bliss was in­ducted into the Med­i­cal Hall of Fame in 2016, Cana­dian Mu­seum of His­tory pres­i­dent Mark O’Neill called him “one of Canada’s lead­ing in­tel­lec­tu­als and his­to­ri­ans.”

“Michael Bliss brings a wealth of knowl­edge to Canada and the world,” O’Neill said.

The Med­i­cal Hall of Fame web­site says Bliss’ “The Dis­cov­ery of Insulin” re­mains “an en­dur­ing clas­sic, mas­ter­fully re­count­ing one of the most dra­matic dis­cov­er­ies of med­i­cal his­tory.”

Bliss later pub­lished his de­fin­i­tive “Bant­ing: a Bi­og­ra­phy” in 1984, and it pro­vided the foun­da­tion for an ac­claimed 1988 tele­vi­sion minis­eries, “Glory Enough for All.”

Bliss: renowned Cana­dian writer and au­thor

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