|Name:||Donald J. Cram|
|Birth Day:||April 22, 1919|
|Death Date:||Jun 17, 2001 (age 82)|
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American chemist and one of the founders of the field of host-guest chemistry who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1987 for his work in the new field. Donald J. Cram has also published eight books on organic chemistry.
As per our current Database, Donald J. Cram died on Jun 17, 2001 (age 82).
Donald J. Cram had to support his family of five after his father died, and he had worked over a dozen jobs by the time he was eighteen.
Cram attended the Winwood High School in Long Island, N.Y. From 1938 to 1941, he attended Rollins College, in Winter Park, Florida on a national honorary scholarship, where he worked as an assistant in the chemistry department, and was active in theater, chapel choir, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Society, and Zeta Alpha Epsilon. It was at Rollins that he became known for building his own chemistry equipment. In 1941, he graduated from Rollins College with a B.S. in Chemistry.
Cram once admitted that his career wasn't without sacrifice. His first wife was Rollins classmate, Jean Turner, who also graduated in 1941, and went on to receive a master's degree in social work from Columbia University. His second wife, Jane, is a former chemistry professor at Mt. Holyoke College. Cram chose not to have any children, "because I would either be a bad father or a bad scientist."
In 1942, he graduated from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with a M.S. in organic chemistry, with Norman O. Cromwell serving as his thesis adviser. His subject was "Amino ketones, mechanism studies of the reactions of heterocyclic secondary amines with -bromo-, -unsaturated ketones."
In 1947, Cram graduated from Harvard University with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry, with Louis Fieser, serving as the adviser on his dissertation on "Syntheses and reactions of 2-(ketoalkyl)-3-hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinones"
Cram was named an assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1947, and a professor in 1955. He served there until his retirement in 1987. He was a popular teacher, having instructed some 8,000 undergraduates in his career and guided the academic output of 200 graduate students. He entertained his classes by strumming his guitar and singing folk songs. He showed a self-deprecating style, saying at one time:
Donald J. Cram's father was a Scottish immigrant and his mother was a German immigrant.
Currently, Donald J. Cram is 101 years, 10 months and 15 days old. Donald J. Cram will celebrate 102nd birthday on a Thursday 22nd of April 2021. Below we countdown to Donald J. Cram upcoming birthday.