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Julian Banzon - Filipino Chemist: Filipino chemist, Julian Banzon researched methods of producing alternative fuels. Julian Banzon experimented with the production of ethyl esters fuels from sugarcane and coconut, and invented a means of extracting residual coconut oil by a chemical process rather than a physical process. Julian Banzon - Degrees:
BS in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines - 1930 Ph.D. in Biophysical Chemistry from Iowa State University - 1940 1980: Distinguished Service Award - Integrated Chemist of the Philippines, Inc. 1978: Chemist of the Year Award - Professional Regulation Commission 1976: Philsugin Award - Crop Society of the Philippines
Julian Banzon - Awards:
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Dr. Banzon has done a great deal of work on local materials especially coconut as the renewable source of chemicals and fuels. His work on the production of ethyl esters from sugarcane and coconut is the first study on fuels from these crops. He also devised some novel processes noteworthy among these is the extraction of residual coconut oil by chemical, rather than by physical processes For these and many more significant scientific works, Dr. Banzon has been accorded honors and citations notably: Distinguished Service Award, Integrated Chemist of the Philippines, Inc. (1980), Chemist of the Year Award, Professional Regulation Commission (1978) and the PHILSUGIN Award for research, Crop Society of the Philippines, 1976.
Filipino Chemist - Francisco Santos: Filipino agricultural chemist, Doctor Francisco Santos studied the nutritive values and chemical composition of local foods from the Philippines. His data was used to help detect and solve problems with Filipino diets. Francisco Santos - Degrees:
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A.B., University of the Philippines, 1914 M.S., University of the Philippines, 1919 Ph. D. Agricultural Chemistry, Yale University, 1922
Francisco Santos - Awards: Doctor Francisco Santos was recipient of a number of awards including:
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Distinguished Service Medal for outstanding contribution in the field of nutrition among Filipinos, 1955 Andres Soriano award in chemistry, 1956 University of the Philippines Alumni award, 1979
Alfredo Santos - Filipino Chemist: Doctor Alfredo Santos is a noted researcher in the chemistry of natural products, in particular the isolation and elucidation of the phaeantharine and other alkaloids from Philippine medical plants. Alfredo Santos - Degrees:
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BS in Pharmacy, University of the Philippines Doctorate in Pharmacy, University of Santo Tomas Doctorate in Philosophy, Westfalische Wilhelms Universitat Munster – 1929
Alfredo Santos - Awards:
1953 - Outstanding Pharmacist Researcher of the Philippine Pharmaceutical Association 1954 - Magsaysay's Distinguished Service Star 1973 - PhilAAS Outstanding Scientist Award
Lourdes Jansuy Cruz, PhD
Lourdes Jansuy Cruz, PhD is a Filipina biochemist. She is best known for her research on the properties of toxins found in Conus snails. She was conferred the rank and title of National Scientist in 2008. Education and Career Dr. Lourdes Cruz graduated with a BS Chemistry degree from the University of the Philippines, Diliman in 1962. She then finished her MS and PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Iowa, United States, 1966 and 1968, respectively. Upon her return to the Philippines, she served as a research aide in 1962 at the International Rice Research Institute. She then began teaching as assistant professor at the UP Department of Biochemistry in 1970, and became a full professor in 1977. Cruz then served as chair of the UP Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from 1980 to 1986. In addition, she was also a research associate and professor in the University of Utah. Currently she is based at the UP Marine Science Institute. Research and Contributions Dr. Lourdes Cruz has published over 120 scientific papers, and has contributed greatly to the understanding of the biochemistry of toxic peptides gathered from the venom of fish-hunting Conus marine snails. Her studies contributed to the characterization of over 50 biologically active peptides, which were later used as biochemical probes for examining the activities of the human brain. In 2001, she established the Rural Livelihood Incubator, a program which aimed to alleviate poverty and socio-political instability in the rural areas by giving job and livelihood opportunities to their people.
Awards and Prizes In 1981, Dr. Cruz received the Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), and was elected to the Academy in 1986. She also received the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) Achievement Award in Chemistry in 1982, and the Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service Award (Biochemistry) in 1986.
Amando Kapauan (July 4, 1931 – October 12, 1996) was a chemist and researcher. He graduated magna cum laude from University of the Philippines, Diliman in 1952, with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Southern California in 1959. In the Ateneo de Manila University Department of Chemistry, he worked on inorganic and physical chemistry, particularly on radioactive bromine. With other colleagues, he initiated investigations in the 1970s on heavy metals analysis in our environment. He was among the first to look into the problem of mercury in the environment, and he designed the appropriate equipment for mercury analysis in water, fish and soil. Kapauan linked with international groups, taught one of the first environmental chemistry courses in the country, and involved himself in policies on urban-rural planning. He later went into the field of electronics, specifically chemical instrumentation. Together with Fr. William Schmitt, S.J., they pioneered the maintenance, design and modification of instruments. Kapauan’s first publication appeared in the Journal of Chemical Education in May 1973. He also started to interface traditional instruments with the increasingly popular PC. By the 1980s, his students were designing software for them, including Fourier Transform of signals. He redesigned a spectrophotometer with vacuum-tube technology into one with solid-state technology, run by a PC with software written by his students. He designed and built new electrochemical systems, which merited publications in Analytical Chemistry (the leading journal of analytical chemistry worldwide). This was an honor considering that these were the few, if not the only, international publications done by one Filipino, entirely in the Philippines.
He continued to find applications for these electrochemical systems, dreaming that they might be distributed to data stations all over the country for trace analysis of metals and for mapping of water quality. He was one of the founders of the Philippine Institute of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and one of the architects of the Ph.D. program of the UP-Ateneo-DLSU Chemistry Consortium. He moved into environmental concerns and microelectronics in the infant stages of their applications in chemistry. He wrote a college textbook, “General Chemistry,” with Amando Clemente and Antonio I. de Leon. He made “Cardboard Orbital Domain Models” and published this in J. Chem. Ed. in August 1966. His 1967 Unesco stint in Thailand brought together a series of innovative experiments for “lab-less” high schools, which was eventually published as a book, “Creative Chemistry.” Kapauan replaced expensive equipment with materials he bought from the grocery, hardware, photo supply and the drugstore. He taught his students to do audiovisuals, including 8-mm animated films, molecular models, and computer-aided instruction. Kapauan died on October 12, 1996. 
Andrade was born on November 3, 1941 from the gold town of Paracale, Camarines Norte, Philippines. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the Mapúa Institute of Technology in 1962. In 1974, he took up advanced studies in food technology, earning a Master of Science degree from the University of Florida. In the same year, he was inducted as an associate member of Sigma XI, The Scientific Research Society of America for his work on pesticide biodegration. He made several researches on radiation chemistry, textile chemistry, food product development, pesticide chemistry, ethnobotany, and biomass energy. Andrade is also a freelance technical consultant. He has assisted nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), local government units, small and medium enterprise (SMEs), and various religious groups in their projects related to livelihood generation, rural industrialization, appropriate technology, and alternative energy technologies. According to the author information in his book, he enjoys gardening, and is a botanist by avocation. He also considers himself as a "history buff."
Andrade confessed that he has been longing to become a freelance journalist for a long time. His dream finally came true when, in 1993, he substituted for popular historian Ambeth Ocampo as the Philippine Daily Inquirer's history columnist with his short-lived column Past Present when the latter entered the cloister as a Benedictine monk for a brief period during the mid 1990s. He still contributes agricultural articles for the Philippine Daily Inquirer from time to time.
Francisco Quisumbing - Filipino Inventor: Filipino chemist, Francisco Quisumbing invented Quink ink, which is used in Parker Pens. Quink ink is named after the inventor. It is a quick drying ink with a cleaning property that prevents the ink from clogging the pen. He earned his BSA at University of the Philippines Los Baños in 1918, his MS at the University of the Philippines Los Baños in 1921, and Ph. D. in Plant Taxonomy, Systematics and Morphology at the University of Chicago in 1923. Career From 1920-26 he was attached to the College of Agriculture in U.P., and from 1926-28 to the University of California; in 1928 appointed Systematic Botanist and since February 1934 Acting Chief of the Natural Museum Division of the Bureau of Science, Manila, now Director of the National Museum. When assigned to the U.S. Navy in Guiuau, at the southern tip of Samar, made collections in that region. He retired as Director in November 1961, and was for some following years attached to the Araneta University. Dr. Quisumbing undertook restoration of the Herbarium which was completely destroyed during the war. Dr. Quisumbing was author of taxonomic and morphological papers, many of which deal with orchids, including ‘Medicinal plants in the Philippines’ (Manila 1951).
Saccolabium quisumbingii has been named in his honour. He was recipient of the Distinguished Service Star (1954) for outstanding contribution to the field of systematic botany; Diploma of Merit on Orchidology and Fellow Gold Medal, Malaysian Orchid Society (1966); Gold Medal, American Orchid Society and 1975 PhilAAS Most Outstanding Award.
Anacleto Del Rosario
He was a leading Filipino chemist during the Spanish Period and was considered the Father of Philippine Science and Laboratory. His formula for the production of a pure kind of alcohol from tuba of a nipa palm won for him the first prize at the World Fair in Paris in 1881. He extracted castor oil from a native plant called palma christi. Date of Birth: July 13, 1860 Place of Birth: Santa Cruz, Manila Date of Death: May 2, 1895 Del Rosario is considered the Father of Philippine Science and Laboratory.
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