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Oral history interview with Leo H. Sternbach, 1986 March 12.

Author: L H Sternbach; Tonja A Koeppel; Chemical Heritage Foundation.
Series: Chemical Heritage Foundation Oral history transcript, 0043.
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Leo H. Sternbach begins the interview with a discussion of his family and childhood in Austria and Poland. He describes his early education during the First World War as well as his experiences working in his father's pharmacy. After receiving his degree in pharmacy from Jagiellonian University in Cracow, he enrolled in a Ph.D. program in organic chemistry. As a result of intensifying anti-Semitism, he left Poland  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Interviews
Biography
Named Person: L H Sternbach; L H Sternbach
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: L H Sternbach; Tonja A Koeppel; Chemical Heritage Foundation.
OCLC Number: 715390929
Notes: Interview conducted by Tonja A. Koeppel at Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., Nutley, New Jersey.
Description: Sound files ; digital, mp3 file Transcript : (49 leaves) ; 29 cm.
Series Title: Chemical Heritage Foundation Oral history transcript, 0043.
Other Titles: Leo H. Sternbach oral history interview

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Leo H. Sternbach begins the interview with a discussion of his family and childhood in Austria and Poland. He describes his early education during the First World War as well as his experiences working in his father's pharmacy. After receiving his degree in pharmacy from Jagiellonian University in Cracow, he enrolled in a Ph.D. program in organic chemistry. As a result of intensifying anti-Semitism, he left Poland and went to Vienna, where he worked with Pauli and Fränkel, and then to Zürich to work with Ruzicka at the Swiss Federal Institute. After beginning work with Hoffmann-La Roche in Basel and marrying Herta Kreuzer, increasing pressure to leave Switzerland compelled him to emigrate to the United States, where he continued work with the company in Nutley, New Jersey and began a search for new tranquilizers. Sternbach recalls that he was instructed to terminate his study of benzodiazepines but continued the research unofficially, which led to his significant discoveries of Librium, Valium, and other related drugs. He concludes his interview with a brief summary of his accomplishments and his views on the present state of pharmaceutical research.

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