William Knowles passed away. He is best known for developing a process to make left-handed L-Dopa, the drug that revised treatment of Parkinson's Disease.Many natural products occur in right or left handed forms; one is often far more active than the other. Synthetics normally contain an equal mixture of left and right. Knowles figured out how to make a chiral (handed) catalyst that could produce mostly left handed L-DOPA, the form needed to treat Parkinson's patients.A detailed obit appears in the Post-Dispatch and on their website:http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/obituaries/william-s-know......
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