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Inventor of the Pill Wins Edinburgh Medal

Submitted by edg on Fri, 8 Apr '11 7.20pm

The winner of this year's Edinburgh Medal is Professor Carl Djerassi, an American chemist, novelist and playwright and Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University. Djerassi is best known for his contribution to the development of the first oral contraceptive pill in 1951 for which he won the National Medal of Science in the USA.