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Julian Banzon

Julian Banzon - Filipino Chemist: Filipino chemist, Julian Banzon researched methods
of producing alternative fuels. Julian Banzon experimented with the production of ethyl
esters fuels from sugarcane and coconut, and invented a means of extracting residual
coconut oil by a chemical process rather than a physical process.
Julian Banzon - Degrees:
 BS in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines - 1930
 Ph.D. in Biophysical Chemistry from Iowa State University - 1940
Julian Banzon - Awards:
 1980: Distinguished Service Award - Integrated Chemist of the Philippines, Inc.
 1978: Chemist of the Year Award - Professional Regulation Commission
 1976: Philsugin Award - Crop Society of the Philippines

Dr. Banzon has done a great deal of work on local materials especially coconut as
the renewable source of chemicals and fuels. His work on the production of ethyl
esters from sugarcane and coconut is the first study on fuels from these crops. He also
devised some novel processes noteworthy among these is the extraction of residual
coconut oil by chemical, rather than by physical processes

For these and many more significant scientific works, Dr. Banzon has been
accorded honors and citations notably: Distinguished Service Award, Integrated
Chemist of the Philippines, Inc. (1980), Chemist of the Year Award, Professional
Regulation Commission (1978) and the PHILSUGIN Award for research, Crop
Society of the Philippines, 1976.
Francisco Santos

Filipino Chemist - Francisco Santos: Filipino agricultural chemist, Doctor Francisco

Santos studied the nutritive values and chemical composition of local foods from the
Philippines. His data was used to help detect and solve problems with Filipino diets.
Francisco Santos - Degrees:
 A.B., University of the Philippines, 1914
 M.S., University of the Philippines, 1919
 Ph. D. Agricultural Chemistry, Yale University, 1922

Francisco Santos - Awards: Doctor Francisco Santos was recipient of a number of

awards including:
 Distinguished Service Medal for outstanding contribution in the field of
nutrition among Filipinos, 1955
 Andres Soriano award in chemistry, 1956
 University of the Philippines Alumni award, 1979
Alfredo Santos
Alfredo Santos - Filipino Chemist: Doctor Alfredo Santos is a noted researcher
in the chemistry of natural products, in particular the isolation and elucidation of the
phaeantharine and other alkaloids from Philippine medical plants.

Alfredo Santos - Degrees:

 BS in Pharmacy, University of the Philippines
 Doctorate in Pharmacy, University of Santo Tomas
 Doctorate in Philosophy, Westfalische Wilhelms Universitat Munster – 1929

Alfredo Santos - Awards:

 1953 - Outstanding Pharmacist Researcher of the Philippine Pharmaceutical
 1954 - Magsaysay's Distinguished Service Star
 1973 - PhilAAS Outstanding Scientist Award
Lourdes Jansuy Cruz, PhD
Lourdes Jansuy Cruz, PhD is a Filipina biochemist. She is best known for her
research on the properties of toxins found in Conus snails. She was conferred the rank
and title of National Scientist in 2008.

Education and Career

Dr. Lourdes Cruz graduated with a BS Chemistry degree from the University of
the Philippines, Diliman in 1962. She then finished her MS and PhD in Biochemistry at
the University of Iowa, United States, 1966 and 1968, respectively. Upon her return to the
Philippines, she served as a research aide in 1962 at the International Rice Research
Institute. She then began teaching as assistant professor at the UP Department of
Biochemistry in 1970, and became a full professor in 1977.

Cruz then served as chair of the UP Department of Biochemistry and Molecular

Biology from 1980 to 1986. In addition, she was also a research associate and professor
in the University of Utah. Currently she is based at the UP Marine Science Institute.

Research and Contributions

Dr. Lourdes Cruz has published over 120 scientific papers, and has contributed
greatly to the understanding of the biochemistry of toxic peptides gathered from the
venom of fish-hunting Conus marine snails. Her studies contributed to the
characterization of over 50 biologically active peptides, which were later used as
biochemical probes for examining the activities of the human brain.

In 2001, she established the Rural Livelihood Incubator, a program which aimed
to alleviate poverty and socio-political instability in the rural areas by giving job and
livelihood opportunities to their people.

Awards and Prizes

In 1981, Dr. Cruz received the Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the
National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), and was elected to the Academy
in 1986. She also received the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP)
Achievement Award in Chemistry in 1982, and the Outstanding Women in the Nation's
Service Award (Biochemistry) in 1986.
Amando Kapauan

Amando Kapauan (July 4, 1931 – October 12, 1996) was a chemist and
researcher. He graduated magna cum laude from University of the Philippines, Diliman
in 1952, with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He obtained his doctorate from the
University of Southern California in 1959.

In the Ateneo de Manila University Department of Chemistry, he worked on

inorganic and physical chemistry, particularly on radioactive bromine. With other
colleagues, he initiated investigations in the 1970s on heavy metals analysis in our
environment. He was among the first to look into the problem of mercury in the
environment, and he designed the appropriate equipment for mercury analysis in water,
fish and soil.

Kapauan linked with international groups, taught one of the first environmental
chemistry courses in the country, and involved himself in policies on urban-rural

He later went into the field of electronics, specifically chemical instrumentation.

Together with Fr. William Schmitt, S.J., they pioneered the maintenance, design and
modification of instruments.

Kapauan’s first publication appeared in the Journal of Chemical Education in May


He also started to interface traditional instruments with the increasingly popular

PC. By the 1980s, his students were designing software for them, including Fourier
Transform of signals. He redesigned a spectrophotometer with vacuum-tube technology
into one with solid-state technology, run by a PC with software written by his students.

He designed and built new electrochemical systems, which merited publications

in Analytical Chemistry (the leading journal of analytical chemistry worldwide). This was
an honor considering that these were the few, if not the only, international publications
done by one Filipino, entirely in the Philippines.

He continued to find applications for these electrochemical systems, dreaming

that they might be distributed to data stations all over the country for trace analysis of
metals and for mapping of water quality.

He was one of the founders of the Philippine Institute of Pure and Applied
Chemistry, and one of the architects of the Ph.D. program of the UP-Ateneo-DLSU
Chemistry Consortium. He moved into environmental concerns and microelectronics in
the infant stages of their applications in chemistry.

He wrote a college textbook, “General Chemistry,” with Amando Clemente and

Antonio I. de Leon. He made “Cardboard Orbital Domain Models” and published this in
J. Chem. Ed. in August 1966.

His 1967 Unesco stint in Thailand brought together a series of innovative

experiments for “lab-less” high schools, which was eventually published as a book,
“Creative Chemistry.”

Kapauan replaced expensive equipment with materials he bought from the

grocery, hardware, photo supply and the drugstore. He taught his students to do audio-
visuals, including 8-mm animated films, molecular models, and computer-aided

Kapauan died on October 12, 1996. [1]

Pio Andrade

Andrade was born on November 3, 1941 from the gold town of Paracale,
Camarines Norte, Philippines. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry
from the Mapúa Institute of Technology in 1962. In 1974, he took up advanced studies in
food technology, earning a Master of Science degree from the University of Florida. In
the same year, he was inducted as an associate member of Sigma XI, The Scientific
Research Society of America for his work on pesticide biodegration.

He made several researches on radiation chemistry, textile chemistry, food

product development, pesticide chemistry, ethnobotany, and biomass energy.

Andrade is also a freelance technical consultant. He has assisted non-

governmental organizations (NGOs), local government units, small and medium
enterprise (SMEs), and various religious groups in their projects related to livelihood
generation, rural industrialization, appropriate technology, and alternative energy

According to the author information in his book, he enjoys gardening, and is a botanist by
avocation. He also considers himself as a "history buff."


Andrade confessed that he has been longing to become a freelance journalist for a
long time. His dream finally came true when, in 1993, he substituted for popular historian
Ambeth Ocampo as the Philippine Daily Inquirer's history columnist with his short-lived
column Past Present when the latter entered the cloister as a Benedictine monk for a brief
period during the mid 1990s.

He still contributes agricultural articles for the Philippine Daily Inquirer from
time to time.[1]
Francisco Quisumbing
Francisco Quisumbing - Filipino Inventor: Filipino chemist, Francisco
Quisumbing invented Quink ink, which is used in Parker Pens. Quink ink is named after
the inventor. It is a quick drying ink with a cleaning property that prevents the ink from
clogging the pen.

He earned his BSA at University of the Philippines Los Baños in 1918, his MS at
the University of the Philippines Los Baños in 1921, and Ph. D. in Plant Taxonomy,
Systematics and Morphology at the University of Chicago in 1923.


From 1920-26 he was attached to the College of Agriculture in U.P., and from
1926-28 to the University of California; in 1928 appointed Systematic Botanist and since
February 1934 Acting Chief of the Natural Museum Division of the Bureau of Science,
Manila, now Director of the National Museum. When assigned to the U.S. Navy in
Guiuau, at the southern tip of Samar, made collections in that region. He retired as
Director in November 1961, and was for some following years attached to the Araneta
University. Dr. Quisumbing undertook restoration of the Herbarium which was
completely destroyed during the war.

Dr. Quisumbing was author of taxonomic and morphological papers, many of

which deal with orchids, including ‘Medicinal plants in the Philippines’ (Manila 1951).
Saccolabium quisumbingii has been named in his honour. He was recipient of the
Distinguished Service Star (1954) for outstanding contribution to the field of systematic
botany; Diploma of Merit on Orchidology and Fellow Gold Medal, Malaysian Orchid
Society (1966); Gold Medal, American Orchid Society and 1975 PhilAAS Most
Outstanding Award.
Anacleto Del Rosario

He was a leading Filipino chemist during the Spanish Period and was
considered the Father of Philippine Science and Laboratory.

His formula for the production of a pure kind of alcohol from tuba of a nipa palm
won for him the first prize at the World Fair in Paris in 1881. He extracted castor
oil from a native plant called palma christi.

Date of Birth: July 13, 1860

Place of Birth: Santa Cruz, Manila
Date of Death: May 2, 1895

Del Rosario is considered the Father of Philippine Science and Laboratory.

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