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Cram, Donald


Upbeat, guitar-strumming scientist and surfer from Palm Desert, California; awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1987. Cram was born (1919) in rural Vermont, and attended college in Florida and Nebraska before earning a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Harvard in 1947. He shared the 1987 Nobel with two colleagues for pioneering work in host-guest chemistry, a branch of organic chemistry that manipulates how molecules are bound together. "An investigator starts research in a new field with f...