Authorised form of nameCornforth; Sir; John Warcup (1917 - 2013); chemist
Dates1917 - 2013
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales, Australia, Australasia
Date of birth07/09/1917
Date of death08/12/2013
Sydney High School; University of Sydney. BSc (1937), MSc (1938). Oxford University (under 1851 Exhibition Overseas Scholarship, 1939), PhD (1941)
Worked on penicillin (during World War 2); joined National Institute for Medical Research (1946-1962); Director, Milstead Laboratory, Shell Research, Sittingbourne, Keny (1962); Visiting Professor, University of Sussex (1971); Royal Society Research Professor, School of Molecular Sciences, University of Sussex (1975-1982); 'Australian of the year' (1975)
CBE 1972; Kt 1977
Medals and prizes:
Nobel Prize (Chemistry) 1975
Millennium FRSC (2000)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election19/03/1953
Age at election35
Royal Society activityMedals and prizes:
Davy Medal 1968; Royal Medal 1976; Copley Medal 1982
RelationshipsMarried (1941) Rita Harradance, organic chemist, of Sydney; one son, two daughters
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA319
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1953/06Cornforth, Sir, John Warcup: certificate of election to the Royal Society
IM/GA/WS/4431Cornforth, Sir John Warcupnd
IM/GA/GRS/6692Cornforth, Sir John Warcupnd
CORCollected papers of Sir John Warcup Cornforth and Lady Rita Cornforth
WF/540Grant application from the Dorothy Hodgkin Portrait Fund, University of Sussex to the Wolfson Foundation29 November 1977
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