Awards & Winners

James Black

Date of Birth 14-June-1924
Place of Birth Uddingston
(United Kingdom)
Nationality United Kingdom
Also know as Sir James Whyte Black, James Whyte Black, Dr. James W. Black
Profession Physician
Sir James Whyte Black OM FRS FRSE FRCP was a Scottish doctor and pharmacologist. He spent his career both as researcher and as an academic at several universities. Black established the 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. Black was also responsible for the development of cimetidine, a H2 receptor antagonist, a drug used in a similar manner to treat stomach ulcers. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1988 for work leading to the development of propranolol and cimetidine.

Awards by James Black

Check all the awards nominated and won by James Black.


Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
(for their discoveries of important principles for drug treatment)


Wolf Prize in Medicine
(for developing agents which block beta adrenergic and histamine receptors.)


Gairdner Foundation International Award
(In recognition of his role in the identification of amine receptors and in the development of the receptor-blocking drugs, Propranolol and Cimetidine.)


Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award
(For his design of propranolol, a drug which is a pharmacological milestone in the treatment of life-threatening cardiac diseases, angina, and severe high blood pressure.)