Edward Kendall

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United States biochemist who discovered cortisone (1886-1972)

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Born in 1887, the son of Edward Kendall and Carola Baird Crace; entered the Royal Navy (1902) and saw active duty during World War I; as commander of a small squadron of three Australian cruisers and several destroyers (May 1942), he evaded Japanese air attacks by skillful maneuvering during the battle of the Coral Sea (May 7-8), and saved all his ships to threaten the Japanese amphibious assault force bound for Port Moresby; his continued presence in the area, coupled with Japanese losses from American carrier planes, caused Japanese Admiral Inouye to call off the invasion; retired shortly after and became superintendent of the royal dockyard at Chatham; died in 1968.