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Harry S. Mosher earned his bachelor's degree in 1937 from Willamette University and his
master's degree from Oregon State University in 1939. He taught briefly at Willamette
before earning his doctorate in organic chemistry from Pennsylvania State University in
1942; he remained at Penn during World War II as an assistant professor supervising
research on synthetic anti-malarial drugs for the National Research Council. He joined
the Stanford faculty in 1947 and taught until his retirement in 1981. During his career
at Stanford, Mosher taught organic chemistry and conducted research in a wide range of
areas, including natural products chemistry and stereochemistry. He co-authored more
than 140 research papers and a reference book titled ASYMMETRIC ORGANIC REACTIONS,
published in 1971. Mosher also elucidated the chemical structure of tetrodotoxin - an
extremely toxic molecule found in wild newts inhabiting Stanford's Lake Lagunita. Mosher
died in March of 2001.
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