Famous French Biochemists

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Emmanuelle Charpentier
Birthdate: December 11, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Juvisy-sur-Orge, France
Frédérique Vidal
(Biochemist, Politician)
Frédérique Vidal
Birthdate: May 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Monaco
Anselme Payen
(French Chemist Known for Discovering the 'Enzyme Diastase' and the Carbohydrate 'Cellulose')
Anselme Payen
Birthdate: January 6, 1795
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 12, 1871

French chemist Anselme Payen is known for co-discovering the first enzyme diastase, and for discovering the carbohydrate cellulose. He broke the Dutch monopoly for borax by developing a method to synthesize borax from soda and boric acid; developed a method to determine nitrogen and methods for refining sugar; and invented a decolorimeter.

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