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Carl Djerassi, who passed away recently, was the chemist widely known as father of ____?

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posted Feb 11, 2015 by Swati Arora

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Carl Djerassi (October 29, 1923 – January 30, 2015) was an Austrian-born Bulgarian-American chemist, novelist, and playwright best known for his contribution to the development of oral contraceptive pills

Carl Djerassi was widely considered the father of the birth control pill. He was most famous for leading a research team in Mexico City that in 1951 developed norethindrone, a synthetic molecule that became a key component of the first birth control pill.

answer Feb 12, 2015 by Manikandan J
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Also credited must be: Luis E. Miramontes moved from UNAM to Syntex in 1950 as a researcher under Djerassi. Under the direction of Djerassi and Rosenkranz, he performed the last step of the first synthesis of an orally highly active progestin on 15 October 1951. The steroid 19-nor-17 alpha-ethynyltestosterone, with the generic name of norethistrone, was the first orally highly active progestin, which led to the development of the first oral contraceptive pills.

answer Sep 30, 2016 by George Davros
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