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David Jack (scientist)

Citizenship  British
Doctoral advisor  Arnold Beckett
Residence  United Kingdom
Role  Scientist
Name  David Jack

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Born  22 February 1924 Markinch, Fife, Scotland (1924-02-22)
Institutions  Allen & Hanburys, Glaxo
Alma mater  University of Glasgow Royal Technical College University of London
Known for  Drug discovery and development
Spouse  Lydia Downie Brown (1952–)
Died  November 8, 2011, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Education  University of London, Royal College of Science and Technology, University of Glasgow
Fields  Pharmacology, Medicinal chemistry
Notable awards  Royal Society of Edinburgh, Order of the British Empire, Mullard Award, Royal Society, Knight Bachelor

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.

David Jack (scientist) Sir David Jack Pioneering chemist who revolutionised the treatment

Early life and education

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.


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