George Rosenkranz

Born: August 20, 1916 | Budapest, HU
Died: June 23, 2019 | Atherton, CA, US

George Rosenkranz was born in Budapest, Hungary, and studied chemical engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. While en-route to Ecuador to assume an academic position at the University of Quito, Rosenkranz decided to stay in Havana and eventually started a career in industry, most notably at Syntex Corporation where he climbed the managerial ranks to CEO. Rosenkranz concludes the interview with a discussion of Syntex's growth and future endeavors.

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Interview Details

Interview no.: Oral History 0159
No. of pages: 37

Interview Sessions

James G. Traynham
17 May 1997
New York, New York

Abstract of Interview

Abstract is restricted.


Year Institution Degree Discipline
1938 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Eidgenössiche Technische Hochschule) BS Chemical Engineering
1939 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Eidgenössiche Technische Hochschule) Dr. Sci. Tech.

Professional Experience

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Eidgenössiche Technische Hochschule)

1939 to 1941
Research Assistant

Vieta Plasencia Lab

1941 to 1945
Director of Research

Syntex S.A.

1945 to 1980
Scientific Director
1949 to 1956
Vice President and Director of Research
1957 to 1980
President and Chairman of the Board
1976 to 1982
Chairman of the Board and CEO

Industria, Ciencia, Tecnologia (ICT)



Year(s) Award

Mexican Citizenship Award, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the nation


Dr. Leopold Rio de la Loza National Prize of Pharmaceutical Sciences

About the Interviewer

James G. Traynham

James G. Traynham is a professor of chemistry at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He holds a PhD in organic chemistry from Northwestern University. He joined Louisiana State University in 1953 and served as chemistry department chairperson from 1968 to 1973. He was chairman of the American Chemical Society’s Division of the History of Chemistry in 1988 and is currently councilor of the Baton Rouge section of the American Chemical Society. He was a member of the American Chemical Society’s Joint-Board Council on Chemistry and Public Affairs, as well as a member of the Society’s Committees on Science, Chemical Education, and Organic Chemistry Nomenclature. He has written over 90 publications, including a book on organic nomenclature and a book on the history of organic chemistry.