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Dr. Carl Djerassi, inventor of 'The Pill,' to receive honorary doctorate from Rutgers University
Date:5/4/2010

(Newark, NJ)--An honorary degree from Rutgers University will be awarded to Dr. Carl Djerassi, emeritus professor of chemistry at Stanford University. Djerassi is a scientist, educator, author, playwright, and philanthropist. He is known worldwide as the inventor of "The Pill" the first researcher to synthesize a steroid oral contraceptive.

Djerassi will be awarded the honorary doctorate and will speak at the convocation for Rutgers University's Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College-Newark, to be held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, in Newark, NJ, Monday, May 17 at 2 pm. He will also be recognized during the university-wide commencement ceremonies at Rutgers in New Brunswick, on Sunday May 16.

Djerassi will be returning to receive his Rutgers honorary degree to the city where he began his education in the United States after emigrating from Austria in the 1930s. He attended high school in Newark, New Jersey, and was a student at Newark Junior College. He went on to finish his undergraduate degree at Kenyon College in Ohio, and did his graduate work at the University of Wisconsin, where he earned his Ph.D. Djerassi worked at CIBA Pharmaceutical Co. in New Jersey and Syntex, S.A. in Mexico City before becoming a professor, first at Wayne State University, and since 1959 at Stanford University until his retirement in 2002.

Perhaps best known as the first to synthesize a steroid oral contraceptive (norethindrone, which is more commonly known as "the Pill") for which he received the National Medal of Science in 1973, Djerassi has also conducted path-breaking work in the areas of steroid anti-inflammatory agents and antihistamines. He is credited with pioneering research in synthetic organic chemistry and medicinal chemistry and made contributions in the insect control field for which he received the National Medal of Technology in 1991.

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Contact: Helen Paxton
paxton@andromeda.rutgers.edu
973-353-5262
Rutgers University
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