Hugo Theorell

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Hugo Theorell

Theorell was born on 6 July 1903. He suffered a severe poliomyelitis infection at the age of three in which his left leg was permanently paralysed. Image source: www.nobelprize.org

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Hugo Theorell

Theorell obtained his MD degree in 1930, after writing a thesis on blood plasma lipids. He was appointed lecturer in Physiological Chemistry at the Karolinska Institutet. Image source: www.nobelprize.org

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Hugo Theorell

Theorell dedicated his entire career to enzyme research. He received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1955 for his discovery of the oxidation enzyme and its effects. Image source: www.blogg.svt.se 

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Hugo Theorell

The most pioneering work by Theorell was on ADH (Alcohol dehydrogenase) enzymes, which break down alcohol in the kidneys. His work received recognition in Sweden and around the world. Image source: www.wikimedia.org

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Hugo Theorell

A breakthrough came in his career in 1935 when he demonstrated how a yellow-coloured enzyme in yeast had two parts, both of which were crucial to its function. He also explained how iron atoms in many enzymes play an important function in transporting electrons. Image source: www.thefamouspeople.com

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