Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 59, Number 2 (Oct. 1957)
New look in biochemistry, pp. -
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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