Michiyo Tsujimura Google Doodle: Who was Michiyo Tsujimura, Who Researched Green Tea


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Michiyo Tsujimura Google Doodle: Japanese scientist Michiyo Tsujimura, who researched green tea, was remembered by Google on Friday, September 17, on her 133rd birth anniversary. Celebrating The 133rd Birthday of Michiyo Tsujimura, the Google Doodle shows him studying and removing chemical components of green tea. A variety of research components such as tea bushes, a cup of green tea, a pen, a flask, and a notepad were used to make the letters of ‘Google’.

On September 17, 1888, Michiyo Tsujimura was born in Okegawa, Saitama Province, Japan. Michiyo Tsujimura was inspired to pursue a career in scientific research while at school. After Michiyo Tsujimura graduated, she taught in two different schools for women before moving to Hokkaido Imperial University in 1920. When he worked as an unpaid laboratory assistant at Hokkaido Imperial University, his research focused on the nutritional value of silkworms.

In 1922, Michiyo Tsujimura was transferred to Tokyo Imperial University, but the lab she was working in was ruined during the devastating 1923 earthquake. After recovering from that disaster, Michiyo Tsujimura moved to work in another lab, which went on to work under Dr. Umitaro Suzuki, a doctor in agriculture who had discovered vitamin B1.

Working in this lab, Miso Michiyo Tsujimura and his colleague Sitaro Miura discovered green tea as a natural source of vitamin C. Due to his research, the amount of green tea exported to North America increased.

Michiyo Tsujimura was awarded the Japan Award for Agricultural Sciences in 1956 for his research on green tea. In 1968, he was awarded the Order of the Precious Crown of the Fourth Class. Michiyo Tsujimura passed away on June 1, 1969, at the age of 80. Today, there is a stone memorial in Okegaon which celebrates his great achievements.

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