Hungarian Nobel Prize Winners – ALBERT SZENT-GYÖRGYI
The Discovery of Vitamin C
In these very strange times, our well-being is more important than ever, for which a balanced diet, fitness and healthy lifestyle are all key elements. The importance of vitamins in our health has long been well-known, but it wasn’t until the 1930s that Hungarian scientist, Albert Szent-Györgyi discovered the chemical ascorbic acid—also known as vitamin C. His discovery has become the foundations of modern nutrition for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Born to a family of scientists of three generations, Szent-Györgyi was naturally interested in science from an early age. He enrolled at the University of Budapest (today it is called Eötvös Lóránd Science University or ELTE) but his studies were interrupted by World War I. Anti-war throughout his life, Szent-Györgyi shot his own arm to escape combat and returned to the university where he received a medical degree.