Monday, February 9, 2015

Carl Djerassi: Meet The Man That Literally Controlled The World's Population.

Oh, you can't meet him anymore. He died on 30th Jan, 2015 at a ripe age of 91years. Carl Djerassi was an intellectual polygamist; and he stayed long and focused enough to succeed at most arts he fell in love with.
He was a Bulgarian-American chemist, novelist, and playwright best known for his contribution to the development of oral contraceptive pills: he participated in the invention in 1951 (together with Mexican Luis E. Miramontes and Mexican-Hungarian George Rosenkranz) of the progestin, norethisterone. Noresthisteron is a synthetic analogue of hormone progesterone which, unlike progesterone, remained effective when taken by mouth and was far stronger than the naturally occurring hormone.

By that single discovery, Carl would contribute in no small measure to birth control and by extension, to women empowerment the world over.
In his remarkable career, Carl also did pioneering work with antihistamines and topical corticosteroids for inflammation, but it is for his work on the pill that he is rightly world famous: he and his team were the first to synthesize a hormone instrumental to the creation of the oral contraceptive pill as we know it today.
The dramatic increase in women's education, college and professional degrees, and participation in the labor market since the 1960s can also be partly explained by birth control innovations. Any woman who'd ever missed her period would attest to the impact it had on her career, education or business.
Reliable contraception allows women to invest in their human capital with much less risk and so achieve higher education and professional degrees. By separating sex from procreation and giving women more control over their bodies, it also lifted the "obligation" to marry early.

The Pill changed everything. 

The widespread availability of a very low-cost, highly reliable, easy-to-use technology such as the pill directly improved the well-being of single women (including undergraduates and corps members *wink*), for whom an unwanted pregnancy can be very costly.

The next time you or your spouse pop the tiny pill, think of the miracle that was Carl Djerassi.

Question: who invented condom?

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