Casimir Funk


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Noun1.Casimir Funk - United States biochemist (born in Poland) who showed that several diseases were caused by dietary deficiencies and who coined the term `vitamin' for the chemicals involved (1884-1967)
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The new "vitamine" hypothesis was introduced in the US at the pellagra conference in Columbia in October 1912, having been put forward earlier that year by Casimir Funk, a Polish-born chemist working in London.
However, the very first vitamin, isolated by Casimir Funk in 1912, was indeed an amine and was given the name "thiamine.
In 1912, Polish-American scientist Casimir Funk, considered the "father of vitamin therapy," first used the term "vitamin" to describe a group of bioactive substances that are vital to human health.