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Reference numberEC/1976/39
LevelItem
TitleWiddowson, Elsie May: certificate of election to the Royal Society
Date1969
DescriptionCitation typed
CitationDistinguished for her pioneering work in several fields, and for her ability to carry out large scale experiments involving human subjects, the results of which have directed Government policy. In the early thirties studied the differential analysis of carbohydrates and by applying this to human foods produced results which are still the only comprehensive ones on the subject. Following this became primarily responsible for the British tables of food composition which have received world wide recognition. Realised the possibility of studying the freely chosen dietary intakes of men, women and children on a large scale and, although this was done before the war, the results are still drawn upon by committees responsible for compiling tables of dietary requirements. During and after the war her work on calcium metabolism in Cambridge and Germany led to the enrichment of bread with this element. Her own analytical work has made her the recognised authority on the composition of the human body at all stages of development and her studies of the metabolism and growth of the new born infant are again directing nutritional policy.
Access statusOpen
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CodeNameDates
NA5952Widdowson; Elsie May (1906 - 2000)1906 - 2000
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