Umetaro Suzuki

Scientist, Inventor

1874 – 1943

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Who was Umetaro Suzuki?

Umetaro Suzuki was a Japanese scientist, born in Shizuoka Prefecture. He was one of the students of famed German Chemist, Emil Fischer. In 1910 he was researching the effects of rice bran in curing patients of beriberi when he discovered an active fraction, which he patented as "aberic acid". In 1935, this compound was refined and correctly described as thiamine. His research was among the earliest of modern vitamin research. He became a professor of agricultural chemistry at the University of Tokyo.

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Born
Apr 7, 1874
Nationality
  • Japan
Profession
Lived in
  • Shizuoka Prefecture
Died
Sep 20, 1943

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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