Who Are Filipino Chemists?


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One of the most famous Filipino chemists is Dr. Clara Y Lim-Sylianco. She has written several notable books and is renowned for her extensive research into mutagens, anti-mutagens and other reactions that are related to bio-organic issues. Her research was primarily focused around the chemicals that are found in fruits and vegetables. Her findings led to the increasing popularity of the 'Coconut Oil' diet.

She was born on 18 August 1925 in Guihulngan in the province of Negros Oriental in the Philippines. Her academic career spans over 50 years and includes the following notable landmarks:

• 1949 - B.Sc. (Chemistry), Silliman University
• 1953 - M.Sc. (Chemistry), University of the Philippines
• 1957 - PhD (Bio-Chemistry and Organic Chemistry), University of Iowa
• 1980 - elected as an Academician
• 1989 - appointed as member of International Advisory Committee on Anti-Mutagens
• 1994 - conferred as an Academician

Dr Lim-Sylianco has written more than 50 scientific articles, 7 books and 5 monographs. Her books continue to be prominently used as textbooks for college chemistry courses across the world in the modern day. She is considered to be one of the leaders in the field of genetic toxicology and molecular nutrition.

The research conducted by Dr Lim-Sylianco into mutagens and anti-mutagens at the University of the Philippines helped earn her laboratory at the university the distinction of becoming an international training center.

In her home country of the Philippines, Dr Lim-Sylianco was honored with the title of National Scientist of the Philippines in 1994. This is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a working scientist by the President.
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