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Dam, [Carl Peter] Henrik

Born: 1895 AD
Died: 1976 AD
Nationality: Danish
Categories: Biochemist, Physiologist

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.