Sir John Cornforth was a pioneer in discovering the detailed chemistry used by living systems to construct the organic substances they contain. From his teenage years, he was handicapped by profound deafness yet he overcame this to reach the highest pinnacles of scientific achievement. His work was carried out in several different research centres, both academic and medical, and he was a leading figure in all.
The authors of this memoir decided at the outset that we should cover his personal biography and his scientific work in largely separate sections. We have endeavoured in this way to give a clear and full account of his life.
His complete biography can be read here