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Donald J. Cram
(22 Apr 1919 - 17 Jun 2001)

American chemist who shared the 1987 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for synthesizing three-dimensional molecules that could mimic the functioning of natural molecules.


Science Quotes by Donald J. Cram (4 quotes)

Any chemist reading this book can see, in some detail, how I have spent most of my mature life. They can become familiar with the quality of my mind and imagination. They can make judgements about my research abilities. They can tell how well I have documented my claims of experimental results. Any scientist can redo my experiments to see if they still work—and this has happened! I know of no other field in which contributions to world culture are so clearly on exhibit, so cumulative, and so subject to verification.
— Donald J. Cram
From Design to Discovery (1990), 119-20.
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Few scientists acquainted with the chemistry of biological systems at the molecular level can avoid being inspired. Evolution has produced chemical compounds exquisitely organized to accomplish the most complicated and delicate of tasks. Many organic chemists viewing crystal structures of enzyme systems or nucleic acids and knowing the marvels of specificity of the immune systems must dream of designing and synthesizing simpler organic compounds that imitate working features of these naturally occurring compounds.
— Donald J. Cram
In 'The Design of Molecular Hosts, Guests, and Their Complexes', Nobel Lecture, 8 December 1987. In Nobel Lectures: Chemistry 1981-1990 (1992), 419.
Science quotes on:  |  Biochemistry (46)  |  Evolution (482)  |  Molecular Biology (23)

I have always felt that I understood a phenomenon only to the extent that I could visualise it. Much of the charm organic chemical research has for me derives from structural formulae. When reading chemical journals, I look for formulae first.
— Donald J. Cram
From Design to Discovery (1990), 122.
Science quotes on:  |  Formula (51)  |  Organic Chemistry (33)

The discovery that these soccer-ball-like molecules can be made in large quantities will have an effect on chemistry like the sowing of a bucket of flower seeds—the results will spring up everywhere from now on. I’d be surprised if we don’t see thousands of new fullerene compounds in the next few years, some of which are almost certain to have important uses.
— Donald J. Cram
As quoted in Malcolm W. Browne, 'Bizarre New Class of Molecules Spawns Its Own Branch of Chemistry', New York Times (25 Dec 1990), Late Edition (East Coast), L37.
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  • 22 Apr - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Cram's birth.
  • Donald J. Cram: From Design to Discovery, by Donald J. Cram. - book suggestion.

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