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William Standish Knowles
Born (1917-06-01)June 1, 1917
Taunton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died June 13, 2012(2012-06-13) (aged 95)
Chesterfield, Missouri, U.S.
Fields Chemistry
Institutions Thomas and Hochwalt Laboratories
Monsanto Company
Alma mater Harvard University (B.S.), Columbia University (Ph.D.)
Doctoral advisor Robert Elderfield
Known for Chiral phosphine ligands that proved effective in the enantioselective synthesis of L-DOPA
Notable awards Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2001)

I can't think of any relatives that ever went into science.
My family gave me the best in education.
At the time my dog had a fungus on her chest that wouldn’t heal and resisted treatment. I made an ointment with our product and it cleared up in two days. She lived to 17 years.
William Standish Knowles
At Harvard I majored in chemistry with a strong inclination toward math.
At this point I was strongly advised that I was too young socially to go to college so I took a second senior year at Andover, another boarding school.
William Standish Knowles
I was born in Taunton, Massachusetts on June 1, 1917, but I actually grew up in nearby New Bedford.
William Standish Knowles
In those days industry would hire any chemist that could breathe.
I'll never forget the fall colors on the Berkshires.
Later in the fifties I got involved in kinetic studies using my long forgotten math background.
William Standish Knowles
To my father, business was the highest calling, but to my mother, medicine was the top profession.
William Standish Knowles
In those days I was terrible at athletics and never made a team, but quite easily led my class in academics.
William Standish Knowles
I was born in Taunton, Massachusetts on June 1, 1917, but I actually grew up in nearby New Bedford.
William Standish Knowles
My family background was heavily slanted toward business and seafaring matters.
William Standish Knowles
I was particularly good at math and science.
I was one who liked to work with my hands as well as my brain.