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Irwin Gunsalus

Born: Jun 29, 1912

Death: Oct 25, 2008

Birthplace: Sully County

Nationality: United States

Irwin Gunsalus

Date of Birth : Jun 29, 1912
Date of Death : Oct 25, 2008
Birth Place : Sully County

Irwin C. "Gunny" Gunsalus was an American biochemist who discovered lipoic acid, a vitamin-like substance that has been used as a treatment for chronic liver disease, and pyridoxal phosphate, one of the active forms of vitamin B6. In his role as assistant secretary general at the United Nations, he led the international body's research on genetic engineering.

Also known as


  • Irwin C. Gunsalus
  • "Gunny" Gunsalus
  • I. C. Gunsalus

Awards Won


  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Natural Sciences, US & Canada
  • William C. Rose Award
  • Selman A. Waksman Award in Microbiology
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