Papers of Joseph W. Corse
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Joseph W. Corse (1913-2009) was an American chemist and employee of Eli Lilly & Company, an American pharmaceuticals concern. During World War II, Corse served on a team of Eli Lilly scientists that conducted research into the biosynthesis of penicillin. Working under the auspices of the United States Committee on Medical Research, Eli Lilly researchers (including Corse) developed a method for the biosynthesis of Penicillin-G, which allowed for the mass production of this drug.
As a result of this research work, Eli Lilly became one of the first pharmaceutical companies to mass produce Penicillin-G. The firm's "Process and Culture Media for Producing New Penicillins" was patented in 1949.
Papers of Joseph W. Corse, Science History Institute Archives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Papers of Joseph W. Corse contain materials regarding the biosynthesis of penicillin by scientists at Eli Lilly & Company, which was conducted under the auspices of the United States Committee on Medical Research. The materials in this collection were collected and maintained by Joseph W. Corse, an American chemist and Eli Lilly employee, who served on the team of scientists conducting the research. Some of the materials in this collection were classified as "Secret" by the United States Government during World War II.
The Papers of Joseph W. Corse are arranged into the following two series:
- Glass Lantern Slides
The Papers of Joseph W. Corse were donated to the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation) by Joseph W. Corse in 1994.
The Papers of Joseph W. Corse were processed by Andrew Mangravite in June 2015.
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- Finding aid created by Andrew Mangravite and encoded into EAD by Kenton G. Jaehnig.
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There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes and the collection is open to the public.
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The Science History Institute holds copyright to the Papers of Joseph W. Corse. The researcher assumes full responsibility for all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
Arranged in chronological order by date, this series contains reports and miscellaneous materials regarding the research into the biosynthesis of penicillin, which were generated by Eli Lilly scientists (including Joseph W. Corse). Research reports constitute the bulk of the materials in this series. Article reprints and the United States patent for "Process and Culture Media for Producing New Penicillins" are also preserved here.
Arranged in its original order, this series contains three sets of glass lantern slides regarding the research into the biosynthesis of penicillin, which were generated by Eli Lilly scientists (including Joseph W. Corse). The images preserved in this series correspond to chemical compounds mentioned in the research reports preserved in Series I.