UW Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences: Vitamin D Production Ends Rickets

© Photographed August 1, 2015
Erected April 2001 by UW Foundation
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin
43° 4.445′ N, 89° 24.751′ W
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University of Wisconsin Madison
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

The discovery of how to produce vitamin D stands as a critical event in the history of vitamin research. In 1924, University of Wisconsin biochemist Harry Steenbock discovered that ultraviolet light converts an inactive material in food to vitamin D. Application of this discovery virtually eliminated rickets, a debilitating bone disease once common among children. Steenbock used the proceeds from his invention to originate and fund the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.
The marker is located at the Hector F. DeLuca Biochemistry Laboratories building on westbound Babcock Drive, at its intersection with northbound Babcock Drive, at 433 Babcock Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53706.

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery: From Discovery to Market: How a Discovery Building namesake shaped the future of UW–Madison research with a key vitamin D discovery

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation: Steenbock's Discovery

Wikipedia: Henry Steenbock

NOTE: Access this marker from a small parking lot on the west side of Babcock Drive. 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.

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A 1923 picture of Harry Steenbock in his lab.
This image is in the public domain in the United States.

The marker is located at the Hector F. DeLuca Biochemistry Laboratories building.
The marker is located on the campus of UW-Madison.

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