| 22 February 1924
Markinch, Fife, Scotland (1924-02-22) |
Allen & Hanburys, Glaxo
University of Glasgow
Royal Technical College
University of London
Drug discovery and development
Lydia Downie Brown (1952–)
November 8, 2011, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
University of London, Royal College of Science and Technology, University of Glasgow
Pharmacology, Medicinal chemistry
Royal Society of Edinburgh, Order of the British Empire, Mullard Award, Royal Society, Knight Bachelor
David Jack (scientist) Wikipedia
Sir David Jack CBE FRS FRSE (22 February 1924 – 8 November 2011) was a Scottish pharmacologist and medicinal chemist who specialised in the development of drugs for treating asthma. He was head of research and development at Glaxo from 1978 until 1987.
Jack was born the sixth and youngest child of a coal miner, in Markinch, Fife, Scotland. He attended Buckhaven High School before turning down a place at Edinburgh University to become an apprentice pharmacist. In 1944, having completed his apprenticeship, he began a BSc course in chemistry and pharmacy at the Royal Technical College, Glasgow. He won a number of undergraduate prizes and graduated with first class honours.
He turned down an offer to study for a doctorate and instead worked as an assistant lecturer at the University of Glasgow.
In 1951 he joined the pharmaceutical company Glaxo Laboratories, moving to Smith Kline and French in 1953. In 1961 he became director of research at Allen and Hanburys, a subsidiary of Glaxo, and served as Glaxo's research and development director from 1978 until his official retirement in 1987. Jack was known for heading a group which developed salbutamol, ranitidine, beclometasone, salmeterol, fluticasone propionate, ondansetron and sumatriptan.
Jack was knighted for services to the pharmaceutical industry in 1993.
In 1987, he was awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Science) by the University of Bath.