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Hideyo Noguchi

Updated on August 7, 2015

Hideyo Noguchi, Bacteriologist

Born in 1876, Hideyo Noguchi discovered that syphilis was caused by viruses caused spirochetes. His ability to culture it led directly to other scientists being able to treat it. . He died of yellow fever while studying the disease in Africa.

He is a national hero in Japan, gracing their 1,000 yen note.

Dr. Noguchi's Childhood

And so it begins . . . .

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. 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.

In addition to going to public school in Japan, he was also tutored privately in German, French, English, and Chinese Literature.

He's So Money

Dr. Noguchi's portrait has been printed on the Japanese 1000 yen bill since 2004.

Â¥1,000 is about $9.25.

Places Dr. Noguchi Worked

Dr. Noguchi graduated in medicine at Tokyo University in 1897, and for two years was assistant to Shibasaburo Kitasato at the Tokyo Institute for Infectious Disease. In 1901 he went to America, working first as an assistant with Simon Flexner at the University of Pennsylvania and later at the Carnegie Institute in Washington. After spending a year at the State Serum Institute in Copenhagen he returned to a post at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (now The Rockefeller University), with which he was associated for the rest of his life.

The Animatronic Dr. Noguchi

I found this awesome robot on YouTube of Dr. Noguchi and had to share.

Dr. Faux-guchi

I don't know anything about the Canada International School in Vietnam except that in December of 2011, its students put on a living "wax" museum of famous people. Students depicted Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, Steve Jobs, Bruce Lee, Vincent Van Gogh, Hideyo Noguchi and many others.

Stamp of Approval

Japan Post has issued stamps in honor of Dr. Noguchi twice.

The first time was in 1949 as part of the Cultural Personalities Series.

The second time was on May 23, 2008 Japan Post issued a pair of stamps marking the first award of the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize. See below for a close up.

More Postage Stamps

These stamps commemorate the Hideyo Noguch Africa Prize, named after our favorite scientist....

The Delicious Dr. Noguchi

Dr. Noguchi Sapporo Black Label Beer
Dr. Noguchi Sapporo Black Label Beer

In 2007, Sapporo Black Label Beer came out with a "Hideyo Noguchi" can of beer. They made 3,000 and were available to the entire Fukushima prefecture, where Dr. Noguchi spent his childhood.

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