UW Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences: Discovery of Vitamins A and B

© Photographed August 1, 2015
Erected April 2001 by UW Foundation
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin
43° 4.433′ N, 89° 24.675′ W
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University of Wisconsin Madison
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

In 1913 University of Wisconsin biochemist Elmer V. McCollum and associates used rats to conduct nutritional studies that led to the discovery of vitamin A in butterfat and cod liver oil. In 1917 his group discovered vitamin B complex in milk whey. Scientists first named these "fat-soluble factor A" and "water-soluble factor B." Incorporating C. Funk's term of "vital amine," McCollum later named them "vitamine" A and "vitamine" B. This opened the field of nutrition for the identification of all the vitamins, a search completed in the 1940s.
This marker is made possible by a grant from the UW Foundation

The marker is located in a courtyard on the west side of the Biochemistry Building on northbound Babcock Drive, just north of its intersection with University Avenue / Campus Drive / County Highway MS, Madison, Wisconsin 53706.

NOTE: This is no parking near the marker. I parked at the parking lot at the intersection of Babcock Drive and Farm Place (behind the Babcock Hall Dairy Store), and then walked south back to the marker's location.

NOTE: Driving around and parking at the UW-Madison campus is pretty intense. Be sure to check the Google Map (above) and campus maps (below) before heading out.

The marker is located on the UW-Madison campus.

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