Jokichi Takamine


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Takamine, Jokichi

(jō`kēchē täkä`mĭnā'), 1854–1922, Japanese chemist. He served (1881–84) as chemist in the employ of the Japanese government and (1887) organized a fertilizer manufacturing company. In 1890 he settled in the United States, where he did research in applied chemistry. He isolated adrenaline (1901) and Taka-Diastase (an enzyme of rice malt). He also devised methods of using the diastase as a starch digestant in manufacturing.
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Takamine, Jokichi

(1854–1922) chemist, industrialist; born in Takaoka, Japan. Already well established as a leading industrialist chemist in Japan, he married an American and moved to the U.S.A. in 1885. Working mainly with Parke, Davis & Co., he also continued to aid Japan in the development of its chemical research and industries. He is best known for developing the enzyme known as takadiastase and for being the first to isolate a pure hormone, adrenaline (epinephrine), from the suprarenal gland (1901).
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For his accomplishments, he received Takeda Medical Award, Jokichi Takamine Memorial Award, and Honorable Award from the Japanese College of Cardiology.
Jokichi Takamine discovered the same hormone in 1900, without knowing about the previous discovery: but in later years, counter evidence is shown from an experiment note that the Takamine team is the discoverer of the first adrenaline which was artificially synthesized in 1904 by Friedrick Stolz.