Oral history interview with Carl Djerassi

Oral history interview with Carl Djerassi

  • 1985-Jul-31

In this interview Carl Djerassi begins with his early years in Vienna and Bulgaria, including his schooling at the American College in Sofia. This is followed by his immigration to the United States, with special emphasis on his college experiences at Newark Junior College, Tarkio College, and Kenyon College. The central portion of the interview considers Djerassi as a student at the University of Wisconsin, followed by research work at Ciba, a faculty position at Wayne State University, and steroid research at Syntex in Mexico City. The interview continues with a move to Stanford University, and expands on Djerassi's dual positions in business and academe, concluding with personal views on writing scientific and non-scientific literature, interest in the arts, and a number of ways in which chemistry has changed during his career.

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  • 64 pages
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  • Science History Institute
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  • Courtesy of Science History Institute

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Carl Djerassi, interviewed by Arnold Thackray in Stanford University on July 31, 1985. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0017. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/hm50ts561.

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Transcript (Published Version)

The published version of the transcript may diverge from the interview audio due to edits to the transcript made by staff of the Center for Oral History, often at the request of the interviewee, during the transcript review process.

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