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Sir John Warcup 'Kappa' Cornforth FRS (born 7 September 1917), is a scientist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1975 for his work on the stereochemistry of enzyme-catalyzed reactions. He has been profoundly deaf since his teens. September 7 is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years). ... Year 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar (see: 1917 Julian calendar). ... This is a list of Nobel Prize laureates in Chemistry from 1901 to 2006. ... The different types of isomers. ... Ribbon diagram of the enzyme TIM, surrounded by the space-filling model of the protein. ... The word deaf can have very different meanings depending on the background of the person speaking or the context in which the word is used. ...


Cornforth was born in Sydney, Australia, educated at Sydney Boys High School and Sydney University (from 16 years of age) where he met his wife Rita Harradence. He studied organic chemistry and graduated with first-class honours and a University medal in 1937. He won a scholarship to work at the University of Oxford, and moved there with Rita. The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia with a metropolitan area population of over 4. ... Sydney Boys High School is a secondary school in Sydney, Australia. ... The University of Sydney, established in 1850, is the oldest university in Australia, and it is located in Sydney, the capital city of the state of New South Wales. ... Organic chemistry is a specific discipline within chemistry which involves the scientific study of the structure, properties, composition, reactions, and preparation (by synthesis or by other means) of chemical compounds consisting of primarily carbon and hydrogen, which may contain any number of other elements, including nitrogen, oxygen, halogens as well... The University of Oxford (usually abbreviated as Oxon. ...


Cornforth had a profound influence on the work on penicillin during the war. He helped to write The Chemistry of Penicillin (Princeton University Press, 1949), He received his Nobel Prize with Vladimir Prelog in 1975 and was knighted in 1977. He was awarded the Corday-Morgan medal in 1953, Royal Medal in 1976 and the Copley Medal in 1982. Penicillin nucleus Penicillin (sometimes abbreviated PCN) refers to a group of β-lactam antibiotics used in the treatment of bacterial infections caused by susceptible, usually Gram-positive, organisms. ... The Nobel Prizes (Swedish: ) are awards in physics, chemistry, literature, peace, and physiology or medicine. ... Vladimir Prelog (July 23, 1906 – January 7, 1998) was a renowned Bosnian - Croatian chemist who worked in Prague, Zagreb and Zurich and who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1975. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... The silver Anglia knight, commissioned as a trophy in 1850, intended to represent the Black Prince. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... The Royal Medals of the Royal Society of London were established by King George IV. They were further supported with certain changes to their conditions, by King William IV and Queen Victoria. ... The Copley Medal is a scientific award for work in any field of science, the highest award granted by the Royal Society of London. ...


He is a member of the Royal Society and is still very active in chemistry research at the University of Sussex. This section from longer archive recordings shows his warmth and personality, and gives an insight into an amazing man who has overcome deafness to pursue a brilliant career in science. He was awarded the Australian of the Year in 1975. The premises of the Royal Society in London (first four properties only). ... The University of Sussex is an English campus university located near the East Sussex village of Falmer, near Brighton and Hove. ... The Australian of the Year Awards commenced in 1960. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ...


External links

  • Bio from nobelprize.org
  • Face To Face Interview With John Cornfoth by The Vega Science Trust (audio)
  • How to be right and wrong with John Cornforth by The Vega Science Trust
  • "Master of the Molecules" - Profile by Julian Cribb in Cosmos Magazine, 6 September 2006
Preceded by
Sir Bernard Heinze
Australian of the Year
1975
Succeeded by
Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop

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John Cornforth Summary (1675 words)
Cornforth was born in Sydney, Australia, on September 7, 1917, to J. Cornforth and Hilda Eipper Cornforth.
Cornforth's key contribution to stereochemistry was his development of a technique to label hydrogen isotopes to show how a molecule becomes synthesized within a cell.
Cornforth was born on September 7, 1917 in Sydney, Australia, the second of four children.
Wikipedia search result (289 words)
Sir John Warcup 'Kappa' Cornforth (born 7 September 1917), is a scientist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1975 for his work on the stereochemistry of enzyme-catalyzed reactions.
Cornforth was born in Sydney, Australia, educated at Sydney Boys High School and Sydney University (from 16 years of age) where he met his wife Rita Harradence.
Cornforth had a profound influence on the work on penicillin during the war.
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