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Paul Karrer

The Nature of Vitamins

Paul Karrer unravelled the chemical structure of plant pigments and vitamins. Moreover, he demonstrated how beta carotene is used by the body to produce vitamin A. His research findings were not only milestones for the basic research in chemistry and biology, but also a huge inspiration for the success of the chemical industry in Switzerland.

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Paul Karrer

* 21 April 1889 in Moscow
† 18 June 1971 in Zurich

1918-58 Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Zurich, 1950-51 President of the University of Zurich.

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1937

“for his investigations on carotenoids, flavins and vitamins A and B2”