Science Birthdays, May 16

Today is the birthday of Louis Vanquelin, born in 1763, as a boy he was a field laborer and was taken in by Forcroy and his sisters.  They took care of him when he was young and when they got old he took care of them.  He discovered chromium and in 1806, he isolated asparagine from asparagus, it was eventually found to be the first amino acid discovered.

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