George Rosenkranz: Chemist whose team developed the Pill

30 June 2019 - 00:00 By The daily telegraph

George Rosenkranz, who has died at the age of 102, was a scientist who fled the Nazis and became a leading figure in the field of steroid chemistry.

He was part of the team that synthesised a progestin used in the oral contraceptive pill, and helped achieve the first practically applicable synthesis of cortisone, used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Away from the laboratory, he was a contract bridge world champion whose wife was kidnapped during a tournament in 1984 and held for ransom...

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