First Latin American presented the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was in 1970.
Luis F. Leloir, an Argentinian Biochemist of the Institute for Biochemical Research in Buenos Aires was presented with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1970.
Quote: “for his discovery of sugar nucleotides and their role in the biosynthesis of carbohydrates.”
- Luis Leloir: Biographical
Luis F. Leloir was born in Paris of Argentine parents on September 6, 1906 and has lived in Buenos Aires since he was two years old. He graduated as a Medical Doctor in the University of Buenos Aires in 1932 and started his scientific career at the Institute of Physiology working with Professor Bernardo A. Houssay on the role of the adrenalin carbohydrate metabolism.
- Luis Leloir: Facts
Carbohydrates, including sugars and starches, are of paramount importance to the life processes of organisms. Luis Leloir demonstrated that nucleotides – molecules that also constitute the building blocks of DNA molecules – are crucial when carbohydrates are generated and converted.
- Luis Leloir: Nobel Lecture (via the Wayback Machine) – PDF
Our work on the biosynthesis of oligo- and polysaccharides started about in 1946 not by a deliberate selection of the subject but because it came to us. Due to the phenomenal progress of biochemistry our initial experiments seem to belong to the Paleolithic period but fortunately there are also some very recent and exciting advances in the field.
- Luis Leloir: Banquet Speech
Your Majesty, Your Royal Highnesses, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen. The honour which I have received exceeds – by far – my most optimistic expectation.
- Luis Federico Leloir – Chemist, Scientist – Biography.com
Luis Federico Leloir received the 1970 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery and study of sugar nucleotides.
- Luis Federico Leloir – Wikipedia
Luis Federico Leloir ForMemRS (September 6, 1906 – December 2, 1987) was an Argentine physician and biochemist who received the 1970 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Although born in France, Leloir received the majority of his education at the University of Buenos Aires and was director of the private research group Fundación Instituto Campomar until his death in 1987.
- Luis Federico Leloir | Argentine biochemist | Britannica.com
Luis Federico Leloir, (born Sept. 6, 1906, Paris, France—died Dec. 2, 1987, Buenos Aires, Arg.), Argentine biochemist who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1970 for his investigations of the processes by which carbohydrates are converted into energy in the body.
December 10th 1970
Luis F. Leloir