Carl Djerassi#


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Sadly, this member passed away.
Email:djerassi 'at' stanford.edu
Membership Number:2220
Membership type:FOREIGN
Main Country of Residence:UNITED STATES
Section:CHEMICAL SCIENCES
Username:cdjerassi
Homepage: http://www.djerassi.com

Carl Djerassi passed away January 30, 2015.

Positions Held
  • 2002 Prof. Emeritus
  • 1959 - 2002 professor of chemistry, Stanford University
  • 1957-1972 various posts at Syntex (President of Syntex Research (1968-1972)
  • 1968 - cofounder of Zoecon Corporation, chief executive officer until 1983, chairman of the board until 1988
  • 1952 - 1959 professor of chemistry, Wayne State University
  • 1949 associate director of chemical research, Syntex, S.A., Mexico City
  • research chemist with CIBA Pharmaceutical Co. in Summit, New Jersey

Fields of Scholarship
  • Chemistry of natural products (steroids, alkaloids, antibiotics, lipids, and terpenoids)
  • Applications of physical measurements (notably optical rotatory dispersion, magnetic circular dichroism, and mass spectrometry)
  • Computer artificial intelligence techniques to organic chemical problems
  • Initial developments of oral contraceptives, antihistamines and topical corticosteroids
  • Birth control

Honours and Awards
  • Recipient of twenty-nine honorary doctorates:
    • (2013) Sigmund Freud University Vienna
    • (2013) University of Applied Arts Vienna
    • (2012) Medical University Vienna
    • (2012) University Vienna
    • (2011) University Heidelberg
    • (2010) Graz University of Technology
    • (2010) Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina
    • (2010) Rutgers University
    • (2009) Technical University Dortmund
    • (2005) Cambridge University
    • (2001) Polytechnic University (NY)
    • (2000) University of Aberdeen
    • (1998) The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
    • (1997) University of Maryland-Baltimore County
    • (1995) University of Wisconsin
    • (1995) University of South Carolina
    • (1995) Swiss Fed. Inst. Technol.-ETH
    • (1993) Adelphi University
    • (1985) University of Manitoba
    • (1985) University of Ghent
    • (1978) University of Geneva
    • (1978) Coe College
    • (1977) University of Uppsala
    • (1975) Columbia University
    • (1974) Wayne State University
    • (1972) Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    • (1969) Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
    • (1958) Kenyon College, 1958
    • (1953) National University of Mexico
  • Membership
    • Member of the Mexican, Bulgarian, and Brazilian Academies of Sciences
    • Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    • Member of U.S. National Academy of Sciences and of its Institute of Medicine
    • Member of Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
    • Member of Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences
    • Member of German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina)
    • Member of Academia Europeae
  • Awards
    • William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement
    • (2012) Maecenas Award
    • (2010) Foreign member of the Royal Society,
    • (2008) Great Silver Decoration for Services to the Republic of Austria
    • (2005) Serono Prize in Literature (Rome)
    • (2005) Lichtenberg Medal of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences
    • (2004) American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal
    • (2004) The Austrian Post Office issued a stamp in his honor
    • (2003) Sigillum magnum of the University of Bologna
    • (2003) Great Merit Cross of Germany
    • (2003) Erasmus Medal of the Academia Europaea
    • (2001) Author’s Prize of the German Chemical Society
    • (2000) Othmer Gold Medal of the Chemical Heritage Foundation
    • (1999) Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art
    • (1998) Sigma Xi
    • (1997) Willard Gibbs Medal
    • (1996) Sovereign Fund Award
    • (1995) Prince Mahidol Award (Thailand) in Medicine
    • (1994) Thomson Gold Medal of the International Mass Spectrometry Society
    • (1992) Priestley Medal
    • (1992) Nevada Medal
    • (1991) National Medal of Technology for his contributions in the insect control field.
    • (1990) Award for the Industrial Application of Science from the National Academy of Sciences
    • (1989) Gustavus John Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest
    • (1988) Roussel Prize (Paris)
    • (1988) Discoverer’s Award of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association
    • (1983) Bard Award in Medicine and Science
    • (1983) Award in the Chemistry of Contemporary Technological Problems
    • (1978) First Wolf Prize in Chemistry
    • (1975) Society for Chemical Industry’s Perkin Medal
    • (1973) National Medal of Science
    • (1973) Award for Creative Invention
    • (1973) American Institute of Chemists Chemical Pioneer Award
    • (1970) American Institute of Chemists Freedman Foundation Patent Award
    • (1969) Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
    • (1968) Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (London) and the American Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • (1960) Fritzsche Award
    • (1959) Baekeland Medal
    • (1958) Award in Pure Chemistry by the American Chemical Society


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