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Carl Djerassi

with Paul Wender
January 14, 2009 7:30 - 9:00 pm

CARL DJERASSI Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus

Carl Djerassi is known as the father of the birth control pill, developer of insect controls and antihistamines, founder of biomedical companies, educator, and internationally bestselling novelist. Born in Vienna, he moved to the United States as a youngster, graduating from Kenyon College and receiving a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. A Professor of Chemistry at Stanford since 1959, he also was President of Syntex Research and co-founder and CEO of Zoecon Corporation, a company dedicated to developing novel approaches to insect control.

Djerassi has been awarded the Perkin Medal, the Priestly Medal, the National Medal of Technology, and the National Medal of Science (by President Nixon, in spite of being on his "enemies list" at the time). A major art collector, Djerassi also founded the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, and is the author of seven novels (the best known of which are Cantor's Dilemma and The Bourbaki Gambit) and four plays.

Paul Wender, the Francis W. Bergstrom Professor of Chemistry at Stanford, will introduce Carl Djerassi's scientific achievements and their impacts on society. Wender is an internationally renowned organic chemist and recipient of Stanford's top teaching awards.

Wednesday, January 14 7:30 pm Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education FREE; No registration required Open to the public