Our Founder

Dr. E. F. F. Copp
1899-1969

E. F. F. Copp was born in Clinton, Ontario, Canada. He received his MD degree from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1923. As a medical student he worked under Sir Fredrick Banting for three years. Thus, he gained extensive experimental experience in the production and use of insulin.

After receiving his MD degree, Dr. Copp went to New York and was associated with Dr. Fredrick Allen at the Physiatric Institute of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. While working with Dr. Allen, he became the first person to demonstrate the use of insulin in human beings in the United States. Dr. Copp published several papers with Dr. Allen and others. One of his early publications with concerned the standardization of insulin using diabetic dogs. This work was reported in the Transactions of the Association of American Physicians in 1924.

In 1924, Dr. Copp came to La Jolla to enter the practice of medicine and continue his research at Scripps Metabolic Clinic (read more about Scripps Clinic’s history). During his tenure at Scripps, he published additional contributions in the field of diabetes based on both clinical and experimental studies. At the age of 31 he was elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Copp was instrumental in the founding of the Zoological Hospital and Research Institute at the San Diego Zoo in 1927, and was a member of the Research Committee during the early years of its existence.

In 1955 Dr. Copp resigned from Scripps Metabolic Clinic to assume a more active role in research as Medical Director of the California Metabolic Research Foundation. He was particularly productive and co-authored papers presented at the 1961, 1964, and 1967 congresses of the International Diabetes Federation, as well as at annual meetings of the American Diabetes Association and other scientific societies.

Throughout his long career, Dr. Copp was a vocal and strong supporter of basic research.

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