Friday, February 8, 2013


Japan 1000 Yen 2003 AUNC
Front: Bacteriologist Hideo Noguchi
Back: Mt. Fuji
Hideyo Noguchi (November 24, 1876 – May 21, 1928), also known as Seisaku Noguchi was a prominent Japanese bacteriologist who discovered the agent of syphilis as the cause of progressive paralytic disease in 1911. Noguchi Hideyo was born in Inawashiro, Fukushima prefecture in 1876. When he was one and a half years old he fell down into a fireplace and suffered a burn injury on his left hand. There was no doctor in the small village, but one of the men examined the boy. "The fingers of the left hand are mostly gone," he said, "and the left arm and the left foot and the right hand are burned; I know not how badly."

In 1883 he entered Mitsuwa elementary school. Thanks to generous contributions from his teacher Kobayashi and his friends, he was able to receive surgery on his badly burned left hand. He recovered about 70% mobility and functionality in his left hand through the operation. Read more

Hideyo Noguchi with signature
Born November 24, 1876
Inawashiro, Fukushima prefecture
Died May 21, 1928 (aged 51)
Accra, Ghana
Nationality Japan
Fields bacteriology
Known for syphilis
Treponema pallidum

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