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Transcript of CASIMIR FUNK

Pasteur Institute
Because that substance contained an amine group, he called it "vitamine". It was later to be known as vitamin B3 (niacin), though he thought that it would be thiamine (vitamin B1) and described it as "anti-beri-beri-factor". Funk also conducted research into hormones, diabetes, peptic ulcers, and the biochemistry of cancer.
Funk is generally credited with being among the first to formulate (in 1912) the concept of vitamins, which he called "vital amines" or "vitamines". The "e" at the end of "vitamine" was later removed, when it was realized that vitamins need not be nitrogen-containing amines.
'The word, “Vitamine,” served as a catchword which meant something even to the uninitiated, and it was not by mere accident that just at that time, research developed so markedly in this direction. Our view as to the fortunate choice of this name is strengthened, on the one hand, because it has become popular (and a badly chosen catchword, like a folksong without feeling, can never become popular), and on the other, because of the untiring efforts of other workers to introduce a varied nomenclature, for example, “accessory food factors, food hormones, water-soluble B and fat-soluble A, nutramine, and auximone” (for plants). Some of these designations are certainly not better, while others are much worse than “Vitamine.”'
'I must admit that when I chose the name, “vitamine,” I was well aware that these substances might later prove not to be of an amine nature. However, it was necessary for me to choose a name that would sound well and serve as a catchword, since I had already at that time no doubt about the importance and the future popularity of the new field.'
New York
Lister Institute
University of Berlin
Thank You for your attention!
Next steps in career
After returning to the United States, in 1940 he became president of the Funk Foundation for Medical Research. He spent his last years studying the causes of neoplasms ("cancers").
Unfortunately, for all his hard work, he wasn't awarded.
He actually discovered vitamins by accident- he spat on a Petri dish and only then he observed bacteria.
He had a wife and two children.
He was included on the list of "10 Jews that changed the world", although he wasn't a Jew.
He was actually nominated for Nobel Prize in 1925 in Medicine along with Christiaan Eijkman, Dutch chemist.
All about Kazimierz Funk
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