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Sir John Cornforth
Cornforth in 1975
BornJohn Warcup Cornforth, Jr.
7 September 1917
Sydney, Australia
Died14 December 2013(2013-12-14) (aged 96)
Brighton, United Kingdom
FieldsOrganic chemistry
InstitutionsUniversity of Oxford,
University of Sussex
Alma materUniversity of Sydney,
St Catherine's College, Oxford
Doctoral advisorRobert Robinson
Known forStereochemistry of enzyme-catalysed reactions
Notable awardsCorday–Morgan Medal (1949)
Nobel prize winner.svg Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1975)
Royal Medal (1976)
Copley Medal (1982)
This person won a Nobel Prize
Sir John Warcup "Kappa" Cornforth, Jr.,[1] AC, CBE, FRS, FAA (7 September 1917 – 14 December 2013) was an Australian-British chemist. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1975 for his work on the stereochemistry of enzyme-catalysed reactions.[2]

Cornforth died on 14 December 2013 from natural causes at his Brighton home, aged 96.


  1. John Cornforth, NNDB
  2. Encyclopædia Britannica. (2012.) "Sir John Cornforth".

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