CME INDIA Presentation by ⚜ Dr. M. Gowri Sankar, MD, Senior Assistant Professor, Dept. of General Medicine, Government Medical College and ESI Hospital, Coimbatore.
Today’s History Feature:
Sir Norman Haworth
(Mar 19, 1883 – Mar 19, 1950)
🔹Norman Haworth graduated from the University of Manchester in 1906 and then did his Ph.D. degree from the University of Gottingen in 1910. Subsequently, he joined as a faculty at St. Andrews University in 1912.
🔹In fact, he became a well-known Organic Chemist by devising the Ring like structure representation for glucose, maltose, lactose, starch and glycogen molecule. His way of writing a structural formula with a simple three-dimensional perspective is known as Haworth Projections.
🔹Later in the year 1933, Haworth and his assistants jointly concluded the Correct Structure and Optical Isomerism of Vitamin C.
🔹 After that, he suggested the name Ascorbic acid. Later, it became the universal name for vitamin C.
🔹In Latin, “A” means Away and “scorbic” means scorbuticus (pertaining for scurvy).
🔹Of course, it was the First Vitamin synthesised chemically and his discovery paved the way for artificial and low-cost production of Vitamin C and made it commercially available.
🔹Additionally, he penned his knowledge and published few books. The book called “The Constitution of Sugar” published in 1929 became the standard text book of domain in Biochemistry.
🔹In order to, recognize his ground-breaking discovery, Dr. Howarth was honoured with Nobel Prize of Medicine or Physiology in 1937 for his exclusive contributions in Carbohydrates and Vitamin C. Further, he was knighted in 1947.
A Day to Commemorate…
A Phenomenal Scientist
Sir Norman Haworth 🙏🏼
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