Ivan Horbachevsky

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Ivan Horbachevsky : biography

May 5, 1854 – May 24, 1942

Ivan Horbachevsky, also Jan Horbaczewski, Johann Horbaczewski, Ivan Horbaczewski ( Ivan Jakovyč Horbačevśkyj, I. Ja. Gorbačevskij, , 1854, Zarubińce – 1942) was an eminent Ukrainian chemist. 1872–1878 he studied medicine at the University of Vienna, Austria. In 1883 he was appointed extraordinary professor and in 1884 ordinary professor at the University of Prague by the Emperor. He is particularly known for his contributions in organic chemistry and biochemistry. He was the first to synthesize glycine. He noticed that aminoacids were building blocks of proteins. Horbachevsky worked in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Ukraine. In Imperial Austria, he was appointed minister of public health in the summer of 1918, heading the first health ministry in Europe.