Daniel Bovet Biography
Birthday: March 23, 1907 (Aries)
Born In: Fleurier, Switzerland
Daniel Bovet was a Swiss-born Italian pharmacologist who rose to fame for his discovery of the chemotherapeutic agents that inhibited the action of certain body substances on the vascular system and skeletal muscles. He received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1957 for the same. Bovet’s best known discovery came in the year 1937 when he discovered antihistamines. Antihistamine blocked the neurotransmitter histamine and was thus used in allergy medication. In 1947, Bovet turned his attention to curare, a drug used to relax muscles during surgery. Since curare was an expensive and an unpredictable drug, he researched to find a low-cost alternative that was dependable. He, thus, came up with gallamine and succinylcholine that gained widespread use. Bovet in his lifetime held several academic positions, serving as the Chief of the Laboratory of Therapeutic Chemistry of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome. He became professor of pharmacology at the University of Sassari. He served as the head of the psychobiology and psychopharmacology laboratory of the National Research Council in Rome and later worked as a professor of psychobiology at the University of Rome.