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Historical Markers Highlight Accomplishments At UW-Madison AG College

A short stroll along Linden Drive and down Henry Mall takes visitors past the sites of some of the biggest scientific achievements of the past century. Those locations are no longer anonymous, thanks to a series of 19 plaques that highlights accomplishments at the UW-Madison”s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

For example, consider the bottle of multivitamins in your medicine cabinet.

In 1890, Stephen Moulton Babcock unveiled a test that accurately determined the butterfat content of milk and helped to revolutionize milk production and dairy herd improvement. Turning his attention to animal nutrition, Babcock and biochemist E.B. Hart devised a series of feeding trials showing that unknown factors in the diet – soon to be identified as vitamins and trace minerals – were essential for animal (and human) health. CALS biochemists went on to discover vitamins A and B, and developed nutrition-based methods for preventing rickets, goiter, pellagra, and iron-deficiency anemia. In fact, the term “vitamin” was coined by CALS researcher Elmer V. McCollum.

These achievements, and more, are now chronicled in cast bronze on the CALS campus. The markers were installed in early April. They were paid for by a grant from the UW Foundation.