Alumnus Carl Djerassi to Be Honored at ACS National Meeting

Carl Djerassi (Ph.D. '45)A special event at the 246th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) will honor alumnus Carl Djerassi (Ph.D. ’45). Titled “The Last 25 Years of Carl Djerassi – Beyond Chemistry: Drama, Fiction, Poetry, Short Story, and Autobiography,” the celebration honors Djerassi on the occasion of his 90th birthday. Professor Bassam Shakhashiri, immediate past president of ACS, will help to introduce Djerassi prior to his talk.

In 1951, Djerassi and his colleagues synthesized a steroid hormone that was the basis for the first oral contraceptive pill. He later served as a professor of chemistry at Stanford University and was named a professor emeritus in 2002. In 2012, he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Wisconsin Alumni Association.

Event Details

  • Date: August 8, 2013
  • Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Location: 500 Ballroom at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Learn more at the ACS website