NU SKIN Deeply saddened by the Death of Dr.Carl Djerassi, President of Scientific Advisory Board (Feb 13, 2015)
NU SKIN Deeply saddened by
the Death of Dr.Carl Djerassi, President of Scientific Advisory Board
February 13, 2015
Dr. Carl Djerassi, the President of Scientific Advisory Board of NU SKIN passed away on January 31, 2015 at the age of 91. Being famous for his successful research and development of oral contraceptive, Dr. Carl Djerassi was also known as the “Father of the Pill”.
Shortly after Dr. Carl Djerassi passed away, NU SKIN has offered its condolences. As a renowned scientist in the field of medical chemistry, Dr. Carl Djerassi had been a member of NU SKIN’s Scientific Advisory Board in the past 20 years. He had actively contributed to the scientific study and practice in anti-aging.
NU SKIN said, “Dr. Djerassi had devoted his whole life to the cause of advancement in science and enhancing people’s living quality. It was a great honor for NU SKIN to have worked closely with him. As a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of NU SKIN, he had assisted NU SKIN in developing high-quality and scientific nutritional supplements. NU SKIN is deeply saddened by his passing and the great scientist will be missed forever”.
Dr. Djerassi had always put emphasis on applying his research and development achievements so as to benefit the progress of the society. In 1995, Dr. Djerassi joined PHARMANEX, a company focuses on study and certification of the effects of herbs by scientific methods. In 1998, NU SKIN, the world famous anti-aging leader, successfully acquired PHARMANEX. Since then, Dr. Djerassi became the President of NU SKIN’s Scientific Advisory Board and remained as a board member till his passing.
Dr. Djerassi had a legendary life. Being a top student during his school days, he had made up his mind to become a chemist. He was awarded 20 honorary doctorates and a title of professor of literature. His most significant invention in his life, which was the first synthesis of the first steroids oral contraceptives in the world, was included in the list of 100 major inventions that affect the progress of human history.
In addition to the accomplishments on the contraceptive pill, Dr. Djerassi had also made achievements in other scientific research fields including natural substances (such as steroids, alkaloids, antibiotics, terpenoids, etc.), chemical application of physical measurement (such as optical rotatory dispersion, mass spectrometry, etc. ) and so on. As a result of what he had done, he had obtained more than 30 awards and medals. He was the only scientist who had won both US National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology. Moreover, he was a recipient of the first Wolf Prize and the Priestly Medal, the highest prize in chemistry field in the U.S.A., and other honorary awards. In 1999, he was named as one of the “30 most influential people in the last millennium” by The Times.