Frederick Gowland Hopkins Facts

Frederick Gowland Hopkins Facts
Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins OM, FRS (20 June 1861 to 16 May 1947) was an English biochemist. He won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1929 for his discovery of vitamins.
Interesting Frederick Gowland Hopkins Facts:
Hopkins was born in Eastbourne, England.
In 1871 Hopkins he went to the London School where he received a first-class in chemistry in 1874 and was later awarded a prize for science.
At the age of 17 he published a paper on the bombardier beetle in The Entomologist.
After a brief stint as an insurance clerk, Hopkins took a course in chemistry at the Royal School of Mines.
His high marks on the Associateship Examination of the Institute of Chemistry landed him a job as an assistant to a Home Office Analyst.
In returned to school and completed his B.Sc. degree.
In 1888 he became a medical student at Guy's Hospital where he received the Sir William Gull Studentship, a Gold Medal for Chemistry and Honours in Materia Medica.
In 1894 he graduated in medicine and taught for four years at Guy's Hospital and was for two years in charge of the Chemical Department of the Clinical Research Association.
In 1898 he was offered a position at Cambridge and in 1914 became the Chair of Biochemistry at Cambridge.
In 1921 he isolated glutathione and later discovered xanthine oxidase.
In 1929 he shared the Nobel Prize with Christiaan Elijkman for demonstrating that beriberi could be prevented by the consumption of brown rice rather than white rice.
In 1925 he was knighted for his contributions to chemistry and in 1935 he received the Order of Merit.
In 1918 he was awarded the Royal Medal of the Royal Society of London and from 1930 to 1935 he was its president.
He died at the age of 86.


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