Daniel Bovet

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1907 – 1992

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Who was Daniel Bovet?

Daniel Bovet ForMemRS was a Swiss-born Italian pharmacologist who won the 1957 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of drugs that block the actions of specific neurotransmitters. He is best known for his discovery in 1937 of antihistamines, which block the neurotransmitter histamine and are used in allergy medication. His other research included work on chemotherapy, sulfa drugs, the sympathetic nervous system, the pharmacology of curare, and other neuropharmacological interests.

In 1965, Bovet led a study team which concluded that smoking of tobacco cigarettes increased users' intelligence. He told The New York Times that the object was not to "create geniuses, but only [to] put the less-endowed individual in a position to reach a satisfactory mental and intellectual development.

Bovet was born in Fleurier, Switzerland. He was a native Esperanto speaker. He graduated from the University of Geneva in 1927 and received his doctorate in 1929. Beginning in 1929 until 1947 he worked at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. He then moved in 1947 to the Istituto Superiore di Sanità in Rome. In 1964, he became a professor in at the University of Sassari in Italy.

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Born
Mar 23, 1907
Fleurier
Nationality
  • Switzerland
  • Italy
Education
  • University of Geneva
Employment
  • University of Rome La Sapienza
Lived in
  • Italy
Died
Apr 8, 1992
Rome

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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