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Janos Kabay
Janos Kabay
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Plaque commemorates the achievements of Janos Kabay the Hungarian pharmacist who pioneered the extraction of morphine from poppy straw. The plaque also marks the 50th Anniversary of Janos Kabay's death. The plaque was originally located at the Stony Rise Government Centre but was removed and rededicated on the 25th November 2008.

In 1925, a young Hungarian, J. Kabay, devised a method for the production of morphine from green poppy plants; in 1927, he founded in his native country a small chemical factory under the name of "Alkaloïda".


Address:Victoria Parade, Poppy Memorial, Devonport, 7310
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.175639
Long: 146.362022
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 29th January, 1986
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Janos Kabay.

This plaque, erected by the Tasmanian Government, Poppy industry and growers, to commemorate the scientific achievements of Janos Kabay, the Hungarian pharmacist, was unveiled on 29 January, 1986, by the Hungarian Charge D`Affaires, A.I. in Australia, Mr Pal Ipper, to mark the 50th anniversary of Janos Kabay`s death.

Janos Kabay invented and developed the process used to extract morphine directly for the poppy straw. The Tasmanian poppy industry is based on further developments of this process. Present at the unveiling were John Kabay and Ilona Oltvanyi, the son and daughter of Janos Kabay

Source: MA
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