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John Montgomery, Ph.D.

Dr. John A. Montgomery was born in Greenville, Mississippi, in 1924. He earned his A.B. in Chemistry (cum laude) and his M.S. in organic chemistry from Vanderbilt University, and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of North Carolina.

He joined the Southern Research Institute in 1952, where he served as Director of Organic Chemistry Research (1956-1986), Vice President (1974-1981), Senior Vice President and Director of the Kettering-Meyer Laboratory (1981-1990), and was named Distinguished Scientist in 1990. He was a founder of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer from 1990-2002. He served on the BioCryst Board of Directors until May 2004.

Dr. Montgomery invented or co-invented a number of FDA-approved anti-cancer drugs, including lomustine, carmustine, dacarbazine, fludarabine, and clofarabine.

Dr. Montgomery published over 400 scientific papers and held 51 patents. He was awarded the GlaxoSmithKline Alfred Burger Award of the ACS in 1986, and the Edward E. Smissman Bristol-Myers Squibb Award in 1995. He served on the Editorial Boards of several major journals, and held several positions in the Medicial Chemistry Division, including Chairman of the Division in 1980.

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