Dr. Alfredo C. Santos devoted his career in the study of chemistry of natural products and the search for medicinal properties of local species. A native of Sto. Tomas, Pampanga, Dr. Santos earned his degrees in bachelor, masters and doctorate from the University of the Philippines, 1921, University of Santo Tomas, 1925 and Univesitat Munster, Germany in 1929 majoring in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. He was conferred the National Scientist Award in 1978.
A professor of industrial pharmacy by vocation, he conducted significant researches on the isolation and structure elucidation of phaeanthine and phaeantharine which are alkaloids from indigenous medicinal plants.
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