Sir John Cornforth, a Nobel Laureate is Trending in Australia


Sir John ‘Warcup’ Cornforth was an Australian-British chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1975 for his work on stereochemistry of enzyme-catalysed reactions. Stereochemisty is the study of the spatial arrangement of atoms that form a molecule and how that affects the properties of a chemical compound. This field of study is confusing that even Cornforth had difficulties explaining it, and had once admitted that it is difficult to explain it to a layman.

He met the love of his life over a broken beaker. Busy working in the lab as a second year, Cornforth was approached for help one day by fellow student Rita Harredence, who had cracked a Claisen flask by accident. An accomplished glassblower, John was able to repair the receptacle using a blowpipe. Their eyes met as he returned it to her and, by all accounts, sparks flew. The pair were inseparable from that moment on and married in 1941, having three children together: John, Brenda and Philippa.

This popular scientist is exceptional that even his hearing defect could not deter him from being celebrated. Google’s new Doodle marks the centenary of Australian scientist Sir John Warcup Cornforth (1917-2017), winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1975.

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Eucharia Anunobi is Trending in Nigeria Because of the Death of Her Son

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A popular Nollywood actress, Eucharia Anunobi, alongside industry colleagues, buried her son, Raymond, on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the Ikoyi cemetery. The ranks of actors and actresses of the industry present to commiserate with the bereaved were actresses Ini Edo, Omoni Oboli, Uche Jombo, Monalisa Chinda, Chinedu Ikedieze, Chinyere Wilfred, and Ebele Okaro. The well-wishers present at the burial all maintained a composed poise as they comforted the actress, while they settled to take photos after the burial.

The late Raymond Ekwu, 15, who was Eucharia’s only son, passed on after a protracted battle with sickle cell anaemia.

It should be recalled that the actress turned Minister of God who was filled with joy staged a 10th birthday bash for her handsome and lovely son,Raymond Ekwu at Heritage Orphanage Home,Anthony Village,Lagos in 2012.

In a telephone chat with Saturday Beats on Wednesday, she said she would miss everything about her son especially the fact that she would no longer come home to him.

“Thank you very much for sympathising with me. I am going to miss everything about my son. Now, there would be no one that would call me to say ‘Mummy where are you? You said you would be home by 7:30 and now it is 7:45. You are 15 minutes late.’ That was how close we were and he was my best friend. I cannot talk much now because I am in the hospital but once I am free, we would talk better,” she said.

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For Her Racist Tweet Against Ray Lewis, Nessa Diab is Trending in USA

Colin Kaepernick (L) and Nessa attend the 2017 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS        (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)

Radio host Nessa Diab, the girlfriend of free-agent NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, posted a message on social media Wednesday night, August 2, directed toward former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis that made reference to the 2012 movie Django Unchained.

The latest reason for Colin Kaepernick’s absence from the NFL is apparently not down to his throwing accuracy, his wage demands or his protest against injustice in the United States in which he refused to stand up last season during national anthem. Instead, Ray Lewis claims a “racist” tweet sent by his girlfriend Nessa Diab stopped the Baltimore Ravens from signing the quarterback. The embattled Nessa Diab even failed to bend for the turmoil caused by the tweet as she has not deleted the post.

The tweet, from 2 August, compared Lewis and Biscotti to Samuel L Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio’s characters in Django Unchained. In the film, Jackson plays a loyal slave to DiCaprio’s racist plantation owner. The tweet was retweeted more than 4,000 times.