These papers primarily concern Djerassi's research in organic
chemistry and include correspondence, reports, and lab notebooks on optical rotary
dispersion and mass spectrometry; other research files containing correspondence,
manuscripts, and reprints; reprints of Djerassi's published articles; and grant files.
There are also some materials pertaining to symposia and administrative concerns of the
Dept. of Chemistry at Stanford.
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.
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