Joyce Jacobson Kaufman, American chemist

Joyce Jacobson Kaufman, American chemist


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Joyce Jacobson Kaufman (born 1929), American chemist. Kaufman studied at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, as a special student as at the time they did not accept female students. She received her bachelors in chemistry in 1949. After working as a technical librarian and research chemist she returned to Johns Hopkins and received her PhD in physical chemistry in 1960. She is best known for introducing the concept of conformational topology and applying it to biomedical molecules such as her tranquilisers and narcotics to predict their clinical effects. Photographed in July 1964 at the Research Institute for Advanced Studies of the Martin Marietta Company, Maryland, Baltimore, USA.

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