University Chemistry ›› 2019, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (8): 96-101.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX201906007

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History of Vitamin C: From Conquering the "Marine Sinister" to the Nobel Prize

Bin LIU,Jinyue YANG,Xiaocong TIAN,Haifeng MA,Wei GAO*()   

  • Received:2019-06-03 Accepted:2019-06-20 Published:2019-06-24
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This paper reviews the course of understanding vitamin C. From the "sea god" that sailors first encountered to the scurvy that caused the British Navy to suffer, understanding vitamin C is improved little by little. Until modern times, with the guidance of advanced theory and the rapid development of chemical research, human beings finally got to known vitamin C and conquered scurvy. This marks the arrival of a new era.

Key words: Vitamin C, Nobel Prize, Scurvy