Who Are The Famous Foreign And Filipino Chemist And Thier Contribution?


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Of course, the "foreign" element of this question is entirely subjective, as it depends upon where you live. For example, as a British citizen, an American scientist would be foreign to me.

However, if I wrote an answer for you about American chemists and their contributions, and you were in fact American yourself, the answer would be completely irrelevant. Therefore, I'm going to focus on the "Filipino" aspect of this question instead. Here are three Filipino chemists who have made significant contributions to their field:

Amando Kapauan was one of the first chemists to investigate the role of mercury within the environment, and the potential problems mercury could pose. There are a number of publications under the name Armando Kapauan, such as "General Chemistry" in 1966 and "Creative Chemistry" in 1967.

His work has also been featured in a number of chemistry journals - his first appeared in the May 1973 edition of the Journal of Chemical Education. Kapauan was also concerned with making children excited about chemistry, and equipped schools with books, equipment and exciting tutorials in order to make chemistry fun and accessible for the younger generation.

• Baldomero Olivera

Baldomero Olivera is a Filipino chemist who was the first to discover conotoxins. Today, conotoxins are very important in the field of neuroscience. His discovery opened doors for other studies and research into ion channels and neuro-muscular synapses.

Olivera also played a major role in the discovery of the E. Coli DNA ligase, which has since provided insight into genetic engineering. Dr. Olivera holds many awards and titles, including the 2007 Harvard Scientist of the Year award from the Ivy League American University.

• Maria Orosa

Maria Orosa is a Filipino chemist who is also regarded as a humanitarian. Her work into the act of creating powdered food substances led to the powdered forms of soya beans and calamansi, which were used to sustain prisoners of war in Japanese concentration camps during World War II.

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