George Rosenkranz

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George Rosenkranz
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George Rosenkranz receiving the Biotechnology Heritage Award in Chicago, 2013
Born(1916-08-20)20 August 1916
Died23 June 2019(2019-06-23) (aged 102)
NationalityMexican[1]
Known forSynthesis of norethisterone, the first orally highly active progestin, used in one of the first oral contraceptive pills
Scientific career
FieldsChemist

George Rosenkranz (born György Rosenkranz; 20 August 1916 – 23 June 2019)[2] was a Hungarian-born Mexican scientist in the field of steroid chemistry. He used native Mexican plant sources as raw materials.[3] He was born in Hungary, studied in Switzerland and emigrated to the Americas to escape the Nazis, eventually settling in Mexico.[3][4]

Rosenkranz died on 23 June 2019 in Atherton, California, United States. He was 102.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "La píldora anticonceptiva, ¿es de 'padres' mexicanos?". Excélsior. Retrieved 30 May 2015. Rosenkranz se nacionalizó mexicano, siguió trabajando en Syntex por muchos años, actualmente vive en México y tiene 98 años. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. "George Rosenkranz (Oral History)". Chemical Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ness, Roberta B. (2013). Genius unmasked. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press. ISBN 9780199976591.
  4. Cohen, Gerald S. (2002). "Mexico's Pill Pioneer". Perspectives in Health Magazine: The Magazine of the Pan American Health Organization 7 (1). http://www1.paho.org/English/DPI/Number13_article4_1.htm. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  5. The New York Times. "George Rosenkranz, a Developer of the Birth Control Pill, Dies at 102".