Donald J. Cram Ph.D.
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1987
Co-Nobelists: Jean-Marie Lehn, Charles J. Pedersen
The President's National Medal of Science - Chemistry 1993
Organic Chemist. Development, use of molecules with structure-specific interactions of high selectivity. Taught himself solid geometry from book, winning scholarship. High emotional intelligence.
When word "research" entered my vocabulary, it had magic ring, suggesting search for new phenomena. Chemical research became my god, and conducting it, my act of prayer.
From Disign to Discovery
Volume 1 of Profiles, Pathways and Dreams Series
Profiles, pathways and dreams.
Autobiographies of eminent chemists
American Chemical Society,1990
Science, Organic Chemistry
Times of My Life Oral History Transcript, 1996: Donald J. Cram
Donald J.Cram, Steven J. Novak, University of Calif., Los Angeles. Oral History Program
Print Book: Biography: Manuscript Archival Material: English
Oral History Program, Dept.of Special Collections, University Library, University of Calif., Los Angeles
Cram discusses his childhood in Vermont and continues through his education at Rollins College and the University of Nebraska, his wartime work as a research chemist, his doctoral work at Harvard University, and his career at UCLA. Major topics discussed include natural products chemistry, reaction mechanisms, host-guest chemistry, laboratory management, the evolution of the UCLA Dept. of Chemistry, Cram's consulting work, the process of writing articles and textbooks, Cram's Nobel Prize, and his philosophy and values.
Cram, Donald J., Boyer, Paul D. Fieser, Louis F. -- (Louis Frederick), -- 1899-1977.
“One comes to be of just such stuff as that on which the mind is set” - Maithri Upanishath, VI.34:3
“…the peace that is found in libraries and laboratories…” - Louis Pasteur
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Name: Donald James Cram
Birth: 22 April 1919, Chester, VT, USA
Death: 17 June, 2001, Palm Desert, CA, USA
Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
Award: "for their development and use of molecules with structure-specific interactions of high selectivity"
Subject: organic chemistry
Portion of cash: 1/3
Nobel Prize Effect
M.S.: M.S. 1942, Mentor Dr. Norman Cromwell, University of Nebraska
Ph.D.: Ph.D. 1947, Mentor Professor L.F. Fieser, Harvard University. National Research Council Fellowship. Ph.D.in 18 months.