Norman R. Farnsworth (1930 - 2011)

b: March 23, 1930
d: September 10, 2011 Norman Farnsworth

Obit/Memorial Links:

Research Professor
Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
Director, Program for Collaborative Research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences

University of Illinois at Chicago
College of Pharmacy
833 S. Wood Street (M/C 781)
Chicago, IL 60612-7231


Massachusetts College of Pharmacy B.Sc. 1953
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy M.Sc. 1955
University of Pittsburgh Ph.D. 1959

Research Interests:

Isolation and structure elucidation of biologically active principles from natural sources; Evaluation of Folk Medicine; Computerization of the world literature on natural products (chemical and pharmacological); Traditional Medicine; Antitumor, chemopreventive, Antifertility, Toxic, Antiviral, antiparasitic and molluscicidal plants. Botanical dietary supplements for women’s health.

Professional Organizations:

American Society of Pharmacognosy (Honorary)
Society for Economic botany (Honorary)
International Society of Ethnopharmacology (Honorary)
French Pharmacognosy Society (Honorary)
Japanese Society of Pharmacognosy

Edited Journals and Honorarium:

Editor of NAPRALERT; Co-Editor, Phytomedicine, Member of Editorial Advisory Boards (current) of the Journal of Natural Products, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Abstracts, Brazilian Journal of Pharmacognosy; Herbalgram, PDQ-NCI(on line).

Honorary Doctorates:
University of Paris V (Rene Descartes)
Upsalla University, Sweden
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Sciences,

Honorary Professors:
University of Science, Peru
Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
Trujillo University Peru
Distinguished University Professor, UIC


PMPG 569

Select Publications:

  1. Sun, H-D., Qiu, S.-X., Lobkovsky, E.B., Lin, L-Z., Farnsworth, N.R., Clardy, J. and Fong, H.S. Crystal and molecular structures of a natural equimolecular mixture of two epimeric diterpenes, Tetrahedron, 57;: 65-70 (2001).
  2. Graham, J.G., Quinn, M.L., Fabricant, D.S. and Farnsworth, N.R. Plants used against cancer – an extension of the work of Jonathan Hartwell, Journal of EthnoPharmacology, 73: 347-377, (2000).
  3. Peraza-Sanchez, S.R., Chevez, D., Chai, H.B., Shin, Y.G., Garcia, R., Mejia, M., Fairchild. C.R., Lane, K.E., Menendez, A.T., Farnsworth, N.R., Cordell, G.A., Pezzuto, J.M., Kinghorn, A.D. Cytotoxic constituents of the roots of Ekmanianthe logiflora, Journal of Natural Products, 63:4 492-495 (2000).
  4. Mahady, G.B., Gyllenhaal, C., Fong, H.H.S., Farnsworth, N.R. Ginsengs: A review of safety and efficacy. Nutr Clin are 3 2: 90-101 (2000).
  5. Seo, E.K., Chai, H.B., Chagwedera, T.E., Farnsworth, N.R., Cordell, G.A., Pezzuto, J.M., Kinghorn, A.D. 5-(4-Hydroxyphenetheny) 4, 7-Dimenthoxycoumarin, a new constituent of Monotes engleri, Plant. Med. 66 2: 182-184 (2000).