Biography: Carl Djerassi was a scientist, chemist and author, born in Austria, setting in the US in 1939, to escape Nazi persecution in Europe.
Djerassi is most famous for creating the first synthesis of an oral contraceptive pill in 1951, while working for Syntex. A discovery that was to have widespread social ramifications throughout the rest of the 20th century.
Djerassi continued to make major contributions to the field of organic chemistry, including develop the use of antihistamines.
In later life Djerassi became an author, writing novels, plays and his autobiography.
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