Gregory Goodwin Pincus

Gregory Goodwin Pincus ( born April 9, 1903 in Woodbine, New Jersey, † August 22 1967 in Boston, Massachusetts) was an American physiologist who was instrumental in the development of the contraceptive pill.

From 1951 to 1967 Gregory G. Pincus held a professorship in Boston. Based on the realization that in pregnancies increased progesterone concentration prevents ovulation (ovulation), he headed the principle of hormonal contraception on by oral contraceptives.


  • The hormones (5 vols, 1948-1964 )
  • The control of fertility (1965 )