Birth Control Pioneer

Birth Control Pioneer

Written on 11/04/2020

Dr. Min Chueh Chang, who was born in T'ai-yüan in China, was educated at the Tsinghua University in Peking, and at Cambridge, England, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1941. He emigrated to America in 1945 and joined the Worcester Foundation in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, where he subsequently remained. From 1961 he also served as professor of reproductive biology at Boston University.

Dr. Min Chueh Chang was one of the researchers involved in the development of the oral contraceptive pill, Chang helped to revolutionize the birth control movement. Although best known for his involvement with “the pill,” Chang also made a number of discoveries throughout his scientific career involving a range of topics within the field of reproductive biology. He published nearly 350 articles in scientific journals. 

Throughout his career, Chang made a number of important scientific discoveries that influenced a number of technologies including the oral contraceptive pill and in vitro fertilization. Chang received numerous awards for his contributions including the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award in 1954, the Ortho Medal and Award by the American Fertility Society in 1961, the Hartman Award by the Society for the Study of Fertility in 1971, the Wippman Scientific Research Award by Planned Parenthood in 1987, and he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1990.

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