Julian Banzon

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This is a photo of a National Scientist, who also served as the First Director of Philippine Atomic Research Center. Photo courtesy of National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST).

Julian Banzon (March 25, 1908 - September 13, 1988) is a Filipino national scientist noted for his research on alternative fuels.

Career and Contributions

Known for his ingenuity and creativeness, Julian Banzon has done extensive research on the various methods of producing alternative fuels. He also integrated the use of local materials in almost all of his researches. He experimented with the production of ethyl esters fuels from sugarcane and coconut, and invented a means of extracting residual coconut oil by a chemical process rather than a physical one. [1]


  • BS in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines - 1930
  • Ph.D. in Biophysical Chemistry from Iowa State University - 1940


  • 1986: National Scientist
  • 1980: Distinguished Service Award - Integrated Chemist of the Philippines, Inc.
  • 1978: Chemist of the Year Award - Professional Regulation Commission
  • 1976: PHILSUGIN Award for Research - Crop Society of the Philippines


  1. "Dr. Julian Banzon." Specialized Philppine Enterprise Reference of Experts and Scientists (SPHERE), http://spheres.dost.gov.ph/sci-profile.php?i=001010. Accessed on December 21, 2020.



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