Google Doodle celebrates Albert SzentGyorgyi who discovered vitamin C

first_imgAt the beginning of last week the Google Doodle celebrated iconic musician Freddy Mercury who’s music will live on as long as there’s a means with which to play it. This week, we are celebrating a very different man. His name is Albert Szent-Gyorgyi.Szent-Gyorgyi is a Hungarian physiologist whose name I have to admit, did not ring a bell. He died in 1986 at the age of 93, but if still alive today he would be 118. While the name may not be familiar, Szent-Gyorgyi is the man who discovered vitamin C.Albert wasn’t your typical scientist. He initially got bored of studying medicine and dropped out of university, then he got drafted to serve as an army medic in World War I. He hated war so much he shot himself in the arm in 1916 so as to be sent home, at which point he managed to finish his studies and become a doctor.His work initially focused on the chemistry of respiration, and after several university moves, as well as receiving a PhD from Cambridge University, he discovered vitamin C along with fellow researcher Joseph Svirbely in 1930. The main source of vitamin C coming from paprika. His research continued and he also identified the Krebs cycle or citric acid cycle, which describes “a series of enzyme-catalyzed chemical reactions” for living cells.His discoveries was rewarded in 1937 when he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for both his vitamin C discovery and further work relating to fumaric acid and the Krebs cycle.His good work didn’t end there, though. He moved to the U.S. in 1947 and established the Institute for Muscle Research, the Marine Biological Laboratory, and later the National Foundation for Cancer Research. He also began researching cancer and the idea that free radicals could be a cause.Luckily for us, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi followed his dream of becoming a scientist and made the discoveries that he did. If he’d listened to the views of his family, Albert may have instead just become a celebrated figure in the field of cosmetics.Thanks to Wikipedia for background informationlast_img read more