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Karl August Folkers

Karl August Folkers
Karl August Folkers
Born (1906-09-01)September 1, 1906
Died December 7, 1997(1997-12-07) (aged 91)
Nationality American
Fields biochemistry
Institutions Merck
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Known for vitamin B-12
Notable awards ACS Award in Pure Chemistry (1941)
Perkin Medal (1960)
Welch Award (1972)
Priestley Medal (1986)
National Medal of Science (1990)

Karl August Folkers (September 1, 1906 – December 7, 1997) was an American biochemist, working at Merck, and best known for his role in the isolation of vitamin B12. He received the Perkin Medal in 1960, the Priestley Medal in 1986, and the National Medal of Science in 1990. As a Merck Pharmaceuticals research team, Folkers, Fern P. Rathe, and Edward Anthony Kaczka were the first to isolate the antibiotic cathomycin in 1955.[1]


  • Shive, William (2002). "Karl August Folkers, September 1, 1906 – December 9, 1997". Biographical memoirs. National Academy of Sciences (U.S.) 81: 100–14. PMID 12661556. 
  • Olson, R E (September 1, 2001). "Karl August Folkers (1906–1997)". Journal of Nutrition 131 (9): 2227–30. PMID 11533258. 
  1. ^ Acc. 90-105 - Science Service, Records, 1920s-1970s, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Accessed 29 July 2013.

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