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Harry S. Mosher earned his bachelor's degree in 1937 from Willamette University and his master's degree from Oregon State
University in 1939. He taught briefly at Willamette before earning his doctorate in organic chemistry from Pennsylvania State
University in 1942; he remained at Penn during World War II as an assistant professor supervising research on synthetic anti-malarial
drugs for the National Research Council. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1947 and taught until his retirement in 1981. During
his career at Stanford, Mosher taught organic chemistry and conducted research in a wide range of areas, including natural
products chemistry and stereochemistry. He co-authored more than 140 research papers and a reference book titled ASYMMETRIC
ORGANIC REACTIONS, published in 1971. Mosher also elucidated the chemical structure of tetrodotoxin - an extremely toxic molecule
found in wild newts inhabiting Stanford's Lake Lagunita. Mosher died in March of 2001.
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