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View of Szent-Györgyi Albert’s statue at the front of the Rector’s Office of the University.

Albert Szent-Györgyi was a Hungarian biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937. He is credited with first isolating vitamin C and discovering the components and reactions of the citric acid cycle.

In 1928, while Szent-Györgyi was still at Cambridge, the Hungarian minister of education, Count Kuno Klebelsberg, invited him to return to Hungary to chair the medical chemistry department at the University of Szeged. Szent-Györgyi's new responsibilities included teaching and administration as well as research.

He accepted a position at the University of Szeged in 1930. There, Szent-Györgyi and his research fellow Joseph Svirbely found that "hexuronic acid" was actually the thus far unidentified antiscorbutic factor, known as vitamin C. After Walter Norman Haworth had determined the structure of vitamin C, and in honour of its antiscorbutic properties, it was given the formal chemical name of L-ascorbic acid.
In the fall of 1932 it occurred to him to test paprika peppers for vitamin C content. Paprika proved to be a very rich source of vitamin C, and supply was no problem--Szeged was the paprika capital of Hungary. Szent-Györgyi immediately mobilized his staff for the large-scale extraction of vitamin C from peppers.

It is advisable to take Vitamin C after the New Year's party and ... Happy New Year

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