October 1, 2005

Leo Sternbach, inventor of Valium

He invented Valium, though he preferred Scotch. Born in Basel, he worked for Hoffman-La Roche for 60 years, moving to the United States with the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe in the early 40s.

Although Sternbach formally retired in 1973, he kept an office at Roche and continued to work there almost daily until he was 95. "I like to keep up with what is going on," he explained, "not only in chemistry, but in the world." He did not use Valium. "My wife doesn't let me take it," he said recently, "I like Scotch."

The Telegraph's obituary of Leo Sternbach who died at 97.

Posted by Jill Fallon at October 1, 2005 1:48 AM | Permalink