Tu Tsung-ming

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Tu Tsung-ming
Dr. Tsungming Tu.jpg
Native name 杜聰明
Born (1893-08-25)August 25, 1893
Tamsui, New Taipei, Taiwan
Died February 25, 1986(1986-02-25) (aged 92)
Taipei, Taiwan
Alma mater Kyoto University
Taihoku Imperial University
Occupation Pharmacologist

Tu Tsung-ming (Chinese: 杜聰明; pinyin: Du Congming; August 25, 1893 in Tamsui, Taiwan, Empire of Japan - February 25, 1986), was the first Doctor of Medical Sciences (equivalent to Ph.D.) of Taiwan. He received his doctorate degree from Kyoto Imperial University (now Kyoto University) in 1922. He became the first Taiwanese professor in Japan's pre-1945 imperial university system, at Taihoku Imperial University (now National Taiwan University). His pharmacology research lab was the cradle of medical research in Taiwan. The laboratory did pioneering research on methods to treat opium addiction, on the toxicology of snake venom, and on the pharmacology of traditional Chinese medicine.

In addition to participating in pharmacological and toxicological research, Tu also contributed to medical education. After the World War II, he was the first dean of National Taiwan University Medical College. In 1954, Tu founded Kaohsiung Medical College (now Kaohsiung Medical University) and became the first president of the College (1954–1966). .

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