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Dam, [Carl Peter] Henrik

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Born: 1895 AD
Died: 1976 AD, at 81 years of age.

Nationality: Danish
Categories: Biochemist, Physiologist

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1895 - Born in Copenhagen on 21st February, to Emil Dam, apothecary, and his wife Emilie (née Peterson), a teacher.

 

1920 - Graduated in chemistry from the Polytechnic Institute, Copenhagen.

 

       - Appointed instructor (assistant) in chemistry at the School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine.

 

1923 - Instructor in biochemistry at the Physiological Laboratory of the University of Copenhagen.

 

1924 - Married to Inger, née Olsen.

 

1925 - Studied microchemistry in Graz (Austria) with F. Pregl.

 

1928 - Became Assistant Professor at the Institute of Biochemistry, Copenhagen University.

 

1929-1941 - Promoted to Associate Professor at the Copenhagen University.

 

1932-1933 - Obtained a Rockefeller Fellowship and worked in Rudolph Schoenheimer's Laboratory in Freiburg.

 

1934 - Submitted his thesis Nogle Undersøgelser over Sterinernes Biologiske Betydning (Some investigations on the biological significance of the sterines) to the University of Copenhagen, and was awarded Ph.D. in Biochemistry.

 

1935 - Worked with P. Karrer, of Zurich.

 

He discovered vitamin K while studying the sterol metabolism of chicks in Copenhagen.

 

1940-1941 - He was on lecture tour of Canada and the United States under the auspices of the American Scandinavian Foundation.

 

1943 - He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.

 

1945 - Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research as an Associate Member.

 

1946 - Returned to Denmark.

 

1947 - Dam is a member of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences.

 

1948 - Member of Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.

 

1951 - Correspondant Étranger, Académie Royale de Médecine de Belgique.

 

1953 - Elected Hon. Fellow of the Royal Society, Edinburgh.

 

1954 - Became Joint Honorary President, International Union of Nutritional Sciences.

 

1956-1962 - Became the leader of the Biochemical Division of the Danish Fat Research Institute.

 

1961 - He was Corresponding Member of the German Association for Nutrition.

 

Awarded of the Norman Medal by the German Association for Fat Research.

 

1976 - Henrik Dam died on 17th of April.

 

 

 


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