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Carl Djerassi's biography could be
split into three lives: the Bulgarian Jewish refugee, the American scientist,
and the Austrian artist and author.
Born October 29, 1923, in Vienna,
Austria, to Bulgarian Jewish parents, he grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria, until his
parents got divorced and his mother moved back to Austria with him. Following
the German annexation of Austria, the Djerassis married again, to make it
possible to flee, first back to Bulgaria, then to the United States.
In the U.S., Djerassi started his
scientific career, which led him to be one of the "fathers of birth
control." His college education was promoted by Eleanor Roosevelt. In
1945, he earned both his Ph.D. in organic chemistry and his U.S. citizenship. With
Luis E. Miramontes, Djerassi was able to synthesize the sexual hormone
norethisterone. He developed the first anti-baby-pill in 1951, together with
Gregory Pincus and John Rock. Since 1959, he worked at Stanford University.
Beside his academic work, Djerassi
was known as a novelist, art collector, and nonfiction writer. He invented the "science-in-fiction"
genre and wrote several poems and short stories as well. In 2004, he became an Austrian
citizen, because of "special republican interests"; he was able to
hold his American passport as well.
Carl Djerassi was married three
times, twice divorced, and widowed since 2007. He had a daughter, who committed
suicide in 1978, and a son. He died on January 30, 2015, in San Francisco,
California, at the age of 91, following a battle with bone and liver cancer. He
left his son, an extensive collection of Paul Klee's paintings, and 7 points
for team WEP: 2 for the hit and 5 for the solo.
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