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Origin of the Word ‘Protein’


IN an address to the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences on “The Place of Berzelius in the History of Chemistry” and in the Berzelius Memorial Lecture to the Royal Society, I claimed for Berzelius the authorship of the word ‘protein’. This claim was based on the following passages in a letter to Mulder, the Dutch chemist, dated July 10, 1838:

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HARTLEY, H. Origin of the Word ‘Protein’. Nature 168, 244 (1951).

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