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E. C. Dodds

AKA Edward Charles Dodds

Born: 13-Oct-1899
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: 16-Dec-1973
Location of death: London, England
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist, Doctor

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Diethylstilbestrol

Military service: British Army (1917-19)

British biochemist Edward Charles Dodds studied endocrinology, and in 1938 discovered a synthetic compound that mimicked estroene, rarest of the three naturally occurring estrogens (female sex hormones). Dodds did not patent the compound, diethylstilbestrol, which allowed its economical mass production for numerous medicinal purposes including menopausal symptoms, suppression of postpartum lactation, general estrogen deficiency, and to prevent miscarriages among pregnant women. Over subsequent decades the drug's toxic and carcinogenic effects became known, including its ability to trigger genetic changes passed from mothers to their children.

Father: Ralph Dodds
Mother: Jane Pack Dodds
Wife: Constance Jordon Dodds (d. 1969, one son)
Son: Ralph Jordan Dodds (b. 1928)

    High School: Harrow County School, Chesham, England
    Medical School: MD, Middlesex Hospital Medical School (1921)
    Teacher: Medicine, Middlesex Hospital Medical School (1921-24)
    Professor: Biochemistry, University of London (1924-67)
    Administrator: Director, Courtauld Institute of Biochemistry, Middlesex Hospital Medical School (1927-67)

    Knight of the British Empire 1954
    Life Peerage 1964 as Baron Dodds of West Chiltington
    Alpine Club
    Royal College of Surgeons President (1962-66)
    Royal Society
    Royal Society of Arts
    Royal Society of Edinburgh
    Society of Apothecaries
    English Ancestry

Author of books:
Recent Advances in Medicine (1924, with George E. Beaumont)

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