Douglas Harold Copp

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Douglas Harold Copp
Born(1915-01-16)January 16, 1915
Toronto, Ontario
DiedMarch 17, 1998(1998-03-17) (aged 83)
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
University of California, Berkeley
AwardsGairdner Foundation International Award (1967)
Flavelle Medal (1972)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of British Columbia

Douglas Harold Copp, CC FRS FRSC (January 16, 1915 – March 17, 1998) was a Canadian scientist who discovered and named the hormone calcitonin, which is used in the treatment of bone disease.[1]

Born in Toronto, Ontario, he received his M.D. from the University of Toronto in 1939 and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1943. In 1950 he became the first head of the physiology department in the newly established Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.[2]

He was a Fellow of both the Royal Society (elected 1971) and the Royal Society of Canada.



  1. ^ "Dr. Douglas Copp | Canadian Medical Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  2. ^ a b c "UBC Archives - Senate Tributes - C". Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  3. ^ The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General. "The Governor General of Canada". Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  4. ^ The Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame: The Hall Archived 2014-11-09 at the Wayback Machine, Canada Science and Technology Museum.

Office of the Governor General of Canada. Order of Canada citation. Queen's Printer for Canada. Retrieved 26 May 2010