Sir John Cornforth Appears As Google Doodle Today, Who Is He?

Exactly today, Thursday (7/9/2017), if you open the search home page Google will see a man animation showing a man with glasses. Around him, there are various symbols that symbolize him, namely basic chemistry laboratory equipment, such as measuring cups to vaporizers.

The illustration of the man with glasses is Sir John Cornforth. Doodle today is dedicated to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Sir John Cornforth.

He was a scientist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on the stereochemistry of enzyme-catalyzed reactions, as quote from Wikipedia.

Sir John Warcup Cornfort born on September 7, 1917 in Sydney, Australia. In his childhood, Sir John Cornforth begin to lose hearing. At the age of 20, he began to go completely deaf.

Sir John Cornforth

at that time, Sir John Cornforth already in college University of Sydney. Even though he could no longer hear the teachings of the lecturer at that time, he was able to devour the entire contents of a chemistry textbook himself.

In University of Sydney, Sir John Cornforth meet fellow chemists Rita Harradence. The two then developed a romantic relationship.

In 1939, Sir John Cornforth and Rita Harradence won a scholarship to Oxford. Two years later, the two decided to get married. The husband and wife then wrote more than 40 scientific journals.

In Oxford, Sir John Cornforth joined a team developing the antibiotic penicillin. After that, he returned to his original research, namely stereochemistry of various chemical reactions.

In that research, Sir John Cornforth assisted by Vladimir Prelog. Both studied enzymes that activate changes in organic compounds.

The results of the study opened the gates for many other discoveries. One of the most important, the discovery of the development of cholesterol-lowering drugs.

In 1975, for his research, Sir John Cornforth awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. In a press statement regarding the title, it was written that the subject studied by Sir John Cornforth difficult to explain to the general public. However, his work is said to have benefited millions of people around the world.

Sir John Cornforth died in 2022 at the age of 96 years, a year after his wife first died at the age of 97 years.

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