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Biographical entry Cornforth, John Warcup (1917 - 2013)

AC CBE FRS

Born
7 September 1917
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died
8 December 2013
Occupation
Chemist

Summary

Sir John Cornforth was Professor and Research Professor, University of Sussex, 1971-1982. He won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1975.

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Events

1937
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc), The University of Sydney
1938
Education - Master of Science (MSc), The University of Sydney
1939
Education - 1851 Exhibition Scholarship to study at Oxford.
1941
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil), Oxford, England
1942 - 1946
Career position - Medical Research Council (MRC) Research Scholar, England
1946 - 1962
Career position - Scientific Staff, Medical Research Council, England
1953
Award - Elected Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
1953
Award - Awarded the Corday-Morgan Medal by the Chemical Society
1962 - 1975
Career position - Director, Milstead Laboratory, Shell Research Ltd, England
1965
Award - Ciba Medal, Biochemical Society
1965 - 1971
Career position - Associate Professor in Molecular Sciences, University of Warwick, England
1966
Award - Flintoff Medal, Chemical Society
1967
Award - Stouffer Prize
1968
Award - Awarded the Davy Medal, Royal Society
1969
Award - Ernest Guenther Award, American Chemical Society
1972
Award - Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
1972
Award - Prix Roussel
1975
Award - Australian Man of the Year
1975
Award - Awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
1975 - 1982
Career position - Royal Society Research Professor, University of Sussex, England
1976
Award - Awarded the Royal Medal, Royal Society
1977
Award - Chemical Society Award, Chemistry of Natural Products Chemical Society Award, Chemistry of Natural Products 1977
1977
Award - Appointed Knight Bachelor (Kt)
1977
Award - Corresponding member, Australian Academy of Science
1978
Award - Foreign Associate, National Academy of Sciences, USA
1978
Award - Foreign Member, Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences
1982
Award - Awarded the Copley Medal, Royal Society
1982 - 2013
Career position - Professor Emeritus, University of Sussex, England
26 January 1991
Award - Appointed Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)
1 January 2001
Award - Awarded the Centenary Medal

Archival resources

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Sir John Cornforth interviewed by Ann Turner for the Australians of the year oral history project [sound recording], 1995, ORAL TRC 3288; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Beale, R, 'John Warcup Cornforth', in Australia's Nobel Laureates - Adventures in Innovation, ABIE Australian Business and Investment Explorer, Sydney, 2004, pp. 94-103. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Veitch, Harriet, 'Australian chemist who won Nobel Prize', The Age, 21 December 2013, p. 20. Details

Online Resources

See also

McCarthy, G.J.