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)

💠British Chemist

His contributions…

🔹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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