Djerassi, Carl.

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University research scientist and industrialist, Djerassi is most famous for synthesizing the first oral contraceptive. Born in Vienna, Austria, in 1923, he emigrated to the United States in 1939. He received his B.A. in 1942 from Kenyon College and worked briefly with the Ciba Phamaceutical Company before receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught at Wayne State University in Detroit and worked at the pharmaceutical company Syntex in Mexico before joining the Stanford faculty as Professor of Chemistry in 1959. He is the author of over 1100 articles, seven books on scientific subjects, and several novels; his awards include the National Medal of Science, the Priestly Medal, the first Wolf Prize in Chemistry, and the National Medal of Technology.

From the description of Carl Djerassi papers, 1952-1991. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122446435

Born in Vienna, Austria on 29 October 1923. Education: A.B. summa cum laude, Chemistry, Kenyon College (1942), Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of Wisconsin (1945). Employment: 1942-1949 Ciba Pharmaceutical Company ; 1949-1960 Syntex S.A. ; 1952-1957 Wayne State University ; 1959- Stanford University ; 1966-1978 Syva Associates ; 1968-1988 Zoecon Corporation ; 1960-1972 Syntex Corporation ; 1960-1972 Syntex Research ; 1975- Cetus Corporation ; 1975- Catalytica, Inc. ; 1975- Teknowledge, Inc. ; 1972- Djerassi Resident Artists Program.

From the description of Oral history interview with Carl Djerassi 1985 July 31 (Chemical Heritage Foundation). WorldCat record id: 76937864

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creatorOf Bernstein, Seymour. The ACS history of steroids symposium collection , 1989-1992. Chemical Heritage Foundation, Othmer Library of Chemical History
referencedIn Gould, Stephen Jay. Stephen Jay Gould papers, 1899-2004 (inclusive), 1941-2002 (bulk). Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Djerassi, Carl. Carl Djerassi papers, 1952-1991. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Marker, Russell Earl, 1902-1995. Russell Earl Marker papers, 1919-1984. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Aronow, Abe. Bay Area faces and places : photograph archive by Abe Aronow, circa 1980-2010. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn KRON-TV (Television station : San Francisco, Calif.). Stanford: a sentimental journey : video recordings, 1987. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Djerassi, Carl,. Oral history interview with Carl Djerassi 1985 July 31 Chemical Heritage Foundation, Othmer Library of Chemical History
creatorOf Djerassi, Carl. The pill at 43 [sound recording] : what now? / Carl Djerassi, Ph. D. Sarah Lawrence College, Esther Raushenbush Library
referencedIn Seeman, Jeffrey I. Collection of Jeffrey I. Seeman, 1944-1961. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Monterey Public Library. California History Room. Biography clippings : "D" [surname] folder 1890-2008. Monterey Public Library
referencedIn Haurowitz mss., 1920-1985 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly
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Contraceptive drugs
Steroids
Chemistry, Organic
Chemists--Interviews
Oral contraceptives
Oral contraceptives--History
Chemists--Biography
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