Louis J. Ignarro Biography
(American Pharmacologist Who Won the Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1998)
Birthday: May 31, 1941 (Gemini)
Born In: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Louis J. Ignarro is an American pharmacologist who won a share of 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his works on the properties of nitric oxide. In addition to the Nobel Prize, he is also the recipient of several other prestigious awards including the Basic Research Prize of the American Heart Association in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the advancement of cardiovascular science. A professor of pharmacology at the UCLA School of Medicine's department of molecular and medical pharmacology in Los Angeles, he is also the founder of the Nitric Oxide Society, and founder and editor-in-chief of ‘Nitric Oxide Biology and Chemistry.’ Interested in science from an early age, he displayed extraordinary aptitude for chemistry as a young boy. After completing high school, he headed to the Columbia University where he studied chemistry and pharmacology and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy. He then proceeded to earn his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Minnesota, which boasted of having one of the best departments of pharmacology in the nation at that time. Following his doctorate he embarked on a career in drug development over the course of which he performed vital research on the properties of nitric oxide and its applications in the medical industry.