John Warcup Cornforth, first Oceanian to receive Nobel Prize in Chemistry

First Oceanian presented the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was in 1975.

John Warcup Cornforth (born in Sydney, Australia), was presented the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1975, and shared the award with the Bosnia-born Swiss chemist Vladimir Prelog.

Quote: “for his work on the stereochemistry of enzyme-catalyzed reactions.”

Additional Information:

  • John Cornforth: Biographical
    I was born on 7 September 1917 at Sydney in Australia. My father was English-born and a graduate of Oxford; my mother, born Hilda Eipper, was descended from a German minister of religion who settled in New South Wales in 1832. I was the second of four children.
  • John Cornforth: Facts
    Enzymes are substances that are active in biochemical processes but that are not incorporated into the final product. John Cornforth investigated the structure and transformation of various molecules in such processes, including how an enzyme replaces a certain hydrogen atom in a reacting molecule and what consequences this has.
  • John Cornforth: Nobel Lecture (via the Wayback Machine) – PDF
    It must, I think, be rare to be rewarded so generously for work that was so purely a pleasure in planning and execution. I shall try, in return, to impart some of that pleasure today.
  • John Cornforth: Banquet Speech
    Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Ladies and Gentlemen. My old friend Vlado Prelog has asked me to offer, from both of us, our thanks to the Royal Academy of Sciences and to the Nobel Foundation for the honour conferred on us.
  • John Cornforth – Wikipedia
    Sir John Warcup “Kappa” Cornforth, Jr.,[3] AC, CBE, FRS, FAA (7 September 1917 – 8 December 2013), was an Australian–British chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1975 for his work on the stereochemistry of enzyme-catalysed reactions,[4][5] becoming the only Nobel laureate born in New South Wales.
  • John Warcup Cornforth – Academic, Chemist, Scientist –
    John Warcup Cornforth is an Australian scientist who won the 1975 Nobel Prize for his research in stereochemistry and enzyme-based synthesis.
  • John Cornforth: Brilliant chemist was profoundly deaf
    John Cornforth was awarded a Nobel prize in chemistry in 1975 and is still the only Australian to take the Nobel in chemistry. That year he was also named as joint Australian of the Year.
  • Sir John Cornforth | Australian chemist |
    Sir John Cornforth, (born September 7, 1917, Sydney, Australia—died December 8, 2013, Sussex, England), Australian-born British chemist who was corecipient, with Vladimir Prelog, of the 1975 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his research on the stereochemistry of enzyme-catalyzed reactions.
  • John Cornforth Biography – Childhood, Life Achievements & Timeline
    John Warcup Cornforth was an Australian-British chemist who won the 1975 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. This biography of John Cornforth provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.
      December 10th 1975
      John Warcup Cornforth

John Warcup Cornforth


      September 7, 1917, Sydney, Australia
      December 8, 2013, Sussex, United Kingdom
      Rita Harradence

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