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George Rosenkranz

George Rosenkranz

CHF Collections, Photograph by Steven Begleiter

  • Born: August 20, 1916, Budapest, Hungary

  Interview Details

Interview no.: 0159
Interview Date: May 17, 1997
Location: New York, New York
Interviewer: James G. Traynham
No. of pages: 37
Sponsor: Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation
Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation

  Abstract of Interview

Abstract is restricted.


1938 B.S., Chemical Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule)
1940 Dr. Sci. Tech. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule)

  Professional Experience

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Eidgenössiche Technische Hochschule)

1939 - 1941 Research Assistant

Vieta Plasencia Lab

1941 - 1945 Director of Research

Syntex Corporation

1945 - 1980 Scientific Director, Syntex, S. A.

Syntex Corporation

1949 - 1956 Vice President and Director of Research, Syntex, S. A.

Syntex Corporation

1957 - 1980 President and Chairman of the Board

Syntex Corporation

1976 - 1982 Chairman of the Board and CEO

Industria, Ciencia, Tecnologia

1996 Founder


1949 Awarded Mexican citizenship in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the nation
1994 Dr. Leopold Rio de la Loza National Prize of Pharmaceutical Sciences

  Table of Contents

Title and Description Page

  About the Interviewer

James G. Traynham

James G. Traynham is a professor of chemistry at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Northwestern University. He joined Louisiana State University in 1953 and served as chemistry department chairperson from 1968 to 1973. He was chairman of the American Chemical Society’s Division of the History of Chemistry in 1988 and is currently councilor of the Baton Rouge section of the American Chemical Society. He was a member of the American Chemical Society’s Joint-Board Council on Chemistry and Public Affairs, as well as a member of the Society’s Committees on Science, Chemical Education, and Organic Chemistry Nomenclature. He has written over 90 publications, including a book on organic nomenclature and a book on the history of organic chemistry.

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