Sarett, Lewis (Hastings)(1917– ) chemist, inventor; born in Champaign, Ill. A graduate of Northwestern University with a Ph.D. from Princeton, he went to work as a chemist for Merck Research Laboratories in New Jersey, where in 1944 he prepared the first synthetic cortisone. A collaborator on some 100 technical papers and patents, he rose to senior vice-president for science and technology in a long career at Merck.
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