John Cornforth#


John Cornforth
Sadly, this member passed away.
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Positions Held

John Cornforth passed away December 8, 2013.

  • 1975- 1982- Royal Society Research Professor at University of Sussex
  • 1965- 1972- Professor of Molecular Science at University of Warwick
  • 1962- 1975- Director at Royal Dutch Shell, Milstead Laboratory of Chemical Enzymology
  • 1946- 1962- Scholar at Medical Research Council at National Institute for Medical Research
  • 1941- 1946- Scholar at Oxford University
  • 1941- PhD in Chemistry at Oxford University

Fields of Scholarship
  • Chemistry of Penicillin
  • Bio-organic chemistry
  • Biosynthesis
  • Sugars and glycochemistry
  • Synthesized abscisic acid, alkenes, and oxazoles

Honours and Awards
  • Copley Medal 1982
  • Knight of the British Empire 1977
  • Royal Medal 1976
  • Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1975
  • ACS Ernest Guenther Award 1969
  • Davy Medal 1968
  • Novartis (CIBA) Medal and Prize 1965
  • RSC Robert Flintoff Medal 1965
  • RSC Corday-Morgan Prize 1953
  • Member of Academia Europea
  • Member of Australian Academy of Science
  • Member of National Academy of Sciences
  • Member of Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences

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