Carl Djerassi

by kpmautner

Dr. Carl Djerassi died on 30 January 2015 at the age of 91.  RIP to a chemist who, with his partners, was responsible for changing the world for millions of women.  Born in Vienna, Austria, in 1923, he emigrated to the States with his family in 1938 to escape what was becoming an intolerable situation for Viennese Jews.

He and his two partners developed and patented the synthetic hormone norethindrone, which became the basis for the first widely-accepted and used oral contraceptive.  He is often known as the Father of the Pill.

Dr. Djerassi and associates freed millions of women worldwide from reproductive slavery.

RIP and thank you.