James Black

1924 - 2010

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Sir James Whyte Black (14 June 1924 – 22 March 2010) was a Scottish physician and pharmacologist. Black established a Veterinary Physiology department at the University of Glasgow, where he became interested in the effects of adrenaline on the human heart. He went to work for ICI Pharmaceuticals in 1958 and, while there, developed propranolol, a beta blocker used for the treatment of heart disease. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Black has received more than 40,749 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia. James Black is the 243rd most popular physician (down from 176th in 2019), the 1,298th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 870th in 2019) and the 22nd most popular British Physician.

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Among physicians, James Black ranks 243 out of 509Before him are Duchenne de Boulogne, Carl Værnet, Bernardo Houssay, José Bonaparte, Emil du Bois-Reymond, and Daniel Carleton Gajdusek. After him are James Barry, Lorna Wing, Carl Ludwig, Ferdinand Sauerbruch, Zhang Zhongjing, and Caspar Friedrich Wolff.

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Among people born in 1924, James Black ranks 95Before him are Dorothy Malone, Moktar Ould Daddah, Israel Tal, E. P. Thompson, Noboru Takeshita, and Chet Atkins. After him are George Mikan, Kenneth Kaunda, Marina Berti, Ottmar Walter, Bud Powell, and Neville Marriner. Among people deceased in 2010, James Black ranks 70Before him are Alexander McQueen, Israel Tal, Maurice Wilkes, Johan Ferrier, Antony Flew, and Solomon Burke. After him are Charlie Wilson, Cécile Aubry, Andor Lilienthal, Irvin Kershner, Satoshi Kon, and Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, James Black ranks 1,298 out of 6,924Before him are Gordon Ramsay (1966), Jon Anderson (1944), Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837), Colin Dexter (1930), David Warner (1941), and Ian Anderson (1947). After him are Stephen Fry (1957), Richard Adams (1920), Rosemary Harris (1927), James Mirrlees (1936), Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1884), and Marc Bolan (1947).

Among PHYSICIANS In United Kingdom

Among physicians born in United Kingdom, James Black ranks 22Before him are John Hunter (1728), Henry Gray (1827), Hans Sloane (1660), Thomas Hodgkin (1798), Edward Bach (1886), and Thomas Addison (1793). After him are Lorna Wing (1928), Thomas Sydenham (1624), Robert Darwin (1766), William Cullen (1710), Clarke Abel (1780), and James Braid (1795).