Sherman, Henry Clapp

Sherman, Henry Clapp

(1875–1955) food chemist; born in Ash Grove, Va. The bulk of his career was spent at Columbia University (1899–1946) where he taught and researched aspects of food and nutrition. He analyzed digestive enzymes (1910–34) and quantified human requirements for protein. During the 1920s and 1930s, his lab assayed vitamins A, B1, B2, and C. With his biochemist daughter Caroline Sherman as collaborator, he studied calcium and debunked spinach's reputation as a health-building vegetable. The results of this research were published in Science of Nutrition (1943).
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