Google made it a habit of creating unique doodles with its logo inspired by worldwide events and celebrations. However, soon afterward users were hooked on the smart mechanisms and visuals behind this tradition. Therefore, the company took advantage of this earned momentum to promote personalities and other noteworthy concepts. The latest doodle celebrated the 100th birthday of a pioneering chemist. This is about Sir John Cornforth.
Cornforth Didn’t Allow His Deafness to Impair His Academical Career
Sir John ‘Warcup’ Cornforth was an Australian-British scientist who broke new ground in the field of chemistry. Thanks to his life achievements, Google created a doodle to celebrate him as part of the long line of prominent characters and events that pertain to the history of the world.
The most noteworthy detail regarding Cornforth’s personal life is losing his hearing incrementally. At the age of 20, he was completely deaf. While some people would have given up their dreams at this point, Cornforth proved that his love for science was greater than the hurtful challenges of life.
Therefore, he didn’t give up on his higher education. As he wasn’t able to hear the lectures anymore at his University of Sydney, he withdrew to his chamber to study the textbooks on his own. Eventually, he managed to graduate in 1937 as the first of his class.
Cornforth Became a Pioneering Chemist When He Started Experimenting in the Field of Enzymes
Cornforth received a medal for academic excellence. Afterwards, he moved to England together with his wife where they both received scholarships to continue their studies at Oxford.
During the World War II, Cornforth focused on purifying and concentrating penicillin which was a vital drug for treating soldiers of the British Army. However, his most significant work that elevated him to the level of a pioneering chemist was within the field of enzymes.
Cornforth started experiments at Shell’s Milstead Laboratory of Chemical Enzymology. He eventually managed to replace hydrogen atoms with enzymes that trigger a change in compounds. His work brought him the Nobel Prize in 1975 and aided subsequent scientists in developing cholesterol-lowering medicine that helped millions of patients.
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