Sir John Cornforth Appears In Google Doodle Today - Intl.Triafa.com
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sir John Cornforth Appears In Google Doodle Today


Sir John Warcup 'Kappa' Cornforth FRS (born 7 September 1917 - died December 14, 2013 at the age of 96), is a scientist who won Nobil Chemistry in 1975 for his work on stereochemistry of enzyme catalyzed reactions. He's been very deaf since he was a teenager.

Cornforth was born in Sydney, Australia, educated at Sydney Boys High School and Sydney University (from the age of 16) where he meets Rita Harradence, who later becomes his wife. He studied organic chemistry and graduated with first-class honors and a university medal in 1937. He won a scholarship to study at St. Catherine's College, Oxford, and moved with Rita.

Cornforth had a profound influence in the work of penicillin during the war. He assisted in the writing of The Chemistry of Penicillin (Princeton University Press, 1949). He received the Nobel Prize with Vladimir Prelog in 1975 and was awarded a knighthood in 1977. He was awarded the Corday-Morgan Medal in 1953, the Royal Medal in 1976 and the Copley Medal in 1982.

He is a member of the Royal Society and is still active in chemical research at the University of Sussex. He was added to this year's Australian People List in 1975.

Cornforth passed away on December 14, 2013 at the age of 95.

Google Doodle today aired the caricature of Sir John Warcup Cornforth. With the characteristics of glasses he wore, accompanied by caricatures of basic laboratory chemistry equipment ranging from measuring cups, to the vapor plate.



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