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Takamine, Jokichi

Takamine, Jokichi

Takamine, Jokichi, 1854-1922, Japanese chemist. He served (1881-84) as chemist in the employ of the Japanese government and (1887) organized a fertilizer manufacturing company. In 1890 he settled in the United States, where he did research in applied chemistry. He isolated adrenaline (1901) and Taka-Diastase (an enzyme of rice malt). He also devised methods of using the diastase as a starch digestant in manufacturing.
Takamine (高峰 or 高嶺) is a Japanese family name, translated literally as high ridge or high peak.

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