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 Carl Djerassi

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Carl Djerassi

Birth
Vienna (Wien), Austria
Death 30 Jan 2015 (aged 91)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 142076987 View Source
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Carl Djerassi was a chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill. He died of complications of bone and liver cancer in his San Francisco home.

A professor emeritus of chemistry at Stanford, he was most famous for leading a research team in Mexico City that in 1951 developed norethindrone, a synthetic molecule that became a key component of the first birth control pill.

Carl married three times; Virginia (Jeremiah), Norma (Lundholm) and Mrs. Diane (Wood) Shough-Middlebrook who was also twice previously married. He is survived by a son, a stepdaughter and a grandson.


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