Who Are The Famous Filipino Chemistry Scientist And Their Contribution/inventions?


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Perhaps the Filipino chemist whose work is most popular today is Julian Banzon. In the 1950's, Banzon was hard at work in the field of alternative fuels. Considering that practically no other scientists at the time were giving this area of study any serious thought, Banzon was truly a pioneer in the field.

Banzon focused his studies on sugar cane and coconut. He was able to extract viable fuels from these items, earning him numerous awards and certificates. He also devised a chemical method of extracting coconut oil, a process that was, until then, done mechanically. Banzon's new method was much easier and more labour-efficient.

Ramon Barba is another Filipino chemist who deserves to be recognized. Working with equipment that was less than state-of-the-art and without the large sums of grant money which scientists often receive, Barba nonetheless created some of the most innovative methods of mango cultivation in the industry. His discoveries in this field led to vast increases in mango cultivation, which, in turn, led to an increased crop and more money for his country.

In addition to mangoes, Barba worked on other crops, including bananas, sugar cane and cassava. His discoveries have led to increased production and more efficient, earth-friendly methods of cultivation. His brilliant mind, coupled with his dedication to work under circumstances that other scientists may have turned up their noses at, make Ramon Barba a true pioneer and an inspiration to all aspiring chemists.

Last but certainly not least, Anacleto del Rosario is known as the "Father of Philippine Science and Laboratory." He earned this title by discovering a method for producing pure alcohol from the nipa palm, a discovery which won him first prize at the World's Fair in 1881. He also did pioneering work in the field of castor oil extraction. Many feel that all Filipino chemists and scientists owe del Rosario a debt of gratitude.

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