Heart disease treatment pioneer James Black dead

The University of Dundee says that its former chancellor, Nobel-prize winning pharmacologist James Black, has died.

Updated: Mar 23, 2010, 10:55 AM IST

London: The University of Dundee says that its former chancellor, Nobel-prize winning pharmacologist James Black, has died. He was 85.

Black`s discovery of the drug propranolol revolutionized the treatment abnormal heart rhythms, angina and high blood pressure.

It was for his work on propranolol and pronethalol — both known as beta-blockers — that Black was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1988.
The university says that the scientist died late on Sunday but released few other details.
A university spokesman said Black`s funeral would be held next Monday at St. Columba`s Church in London.

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