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Casimir Funk Collection
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Description
Collection of research notes, business correspondence, biographical material and offprints from scientific journals from the “father of vitamins” Casimir Funk (1884-1967). Topics include cancer, diabetes, hormones, vitamins, ulcers. Material spans his working career from 1904-1967, but is mostly concentrated on his later career in the United States from 1939-1967.
Background
Known as the “father of vitamins,” Casimir Funk (1884-1967) focused his investigations into vitamins, as well as extensive research on cancer, diabetes, and sex hormones. He was the first to isolate niacin, and hypothesized that nutritional deficiencies can cause certain diseases. Born in Warsaw, he studied in Switzerland at the University of Bern. He worked at various European labs before he founded the privately-funded research institute Casa Biochemica in Paris in 1927. He immigrated to the United States in 1939, where he worked as a consultant for the United States Vitamin Corporation. In 1940 he founded and acted as president of the Funk Foundation for Medical Research.
Extent
17 boxes, 1 legal-size box, 1 cd box, 1 flat box.
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