Henry J. M. Barnett

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Henry Joseph Macaulay Barnett
Born(1922-02-10)February 10, 1922
DiedOctober 20, 2016(2016-10-20) (aged 94)
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
AwardsOrder of Canada

Henry Joseph Macaulay Barnett, CC (February 10, 1922 – October 20, 2016) was a Canadian physician, a leading stroke researcher and pioneer of the use of aspirin for stroke prevention.[1]

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, he graduated from the University of Toronto Schools and received his medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1944.[2]

He started to work at the University Hospital in London, Ontario and the University of Western Ontario in 1974.

From its founding in 1986, he was the president and scientific director of Robarts Research Institute until his retirement in 1995.

In 1984 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 2003. In 1995 he was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. In 2001 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario, and in 2012 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Oxford.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada's Henry JM Barnett Research Scholarship Award is named in his honour. He died in Toronto on October 20, 2016.[3]


  1. ^ "Obituary of Henry Barnett". humphreymiles.com. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  2. ^ Diane Peters, "Neurologist Henry Barnett proved Aspirin prevents strokes," Globe and Mail, Nov. 23, 2016.
  3. ^ http://humphreymiles.com/tribute/details/4766/Henry-Barnett/obituary.html