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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 59, Number 2 (Oct. 1957)

New look in biochemistry,   pp. [12]-[14]


Page [12]


The world-wide reputation of Wisconsin's
biochemistry department attracts scholars
from all over the globe. This is Toshiro
Yamada of Japan, who has also done
important work on nitrogen fixation in
Finland and Germany.
new look in
                       BIOCHEMISTRY
HE SCIENCE of biochemistry de-
    veloped  largely within the 20th
century; few fields of learning have
grown as rapidly. And the University
of Wisconsin has more than kept pace
with this rapid growth-which has come
about partly because of the immediately
practical results of biochemical research.
   Wisconsin's eminence in biochemistry
began, in fact, nearly 75 years ago when
Prof. H. B. Armsby became the first
professor of biochemistry--or agricul-
tural chemistry as it was then known-
at Wisconsin. This was in 1883. Five
years later famed Stephen M. Babcock
joined the Wisconsin faculty and within
a short time had developed the Babcock
test for butterfat in milk, a foundation-
stone of the dairy industry.
  In 1906, Prof. E. B. Hart came to
Regent Oscar Rennebohm and President E. B. Fred turned shovels at the new
addition's groundbreaking as Conrad Elve-
hjem, department chairman and Graduate School dean, Milton Findorff, contractor,
Rudolph Froker, agriculture dean, Edward
Berners, architect, and Prof. Harry Steenbock, discoverer of Vitamin D irradiation,
observed.


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