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Nobel Laureate Robert F. Furchgott, PhD
20th Anniversary Celebration

Award Gallery

October 19, 2018

The Dr. Robert F. Furchgott Award Gallery


nobel medal

Dr. Furchgott was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1998 for discoveries regarding nitric oxide as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system. The Nobel Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden, and is regarded globally as the pinnacle of recognition and achievement in biomedical research.

During a long and distinguished career, Dr. Furchgott received numerous other honors and awards, many of which will be on display in the new lobby of the Basic Science Building together with equipment, experimental recordings, and notes from Dr. Furchgott's work that led to the discovery of nitric oxide. These honors and awards are a tangible reminder of the widespread recognition that Dr. Furchgott received for his work and, of course, of the lasting impact of that work on medicine and biomedical science.

Among the international awards presented to Dr. Furchgott were the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award (1996), often regarded as a harbinger of the Nobel Prize, the Wellcome Gold Medal awarded by the British Pharmacological Society, and the Canada Gairdner International Award – regarded as Canada's foremost international award. Domestic awards included the Research Achievement Award of the American Heart Association (1990), the Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Distinguished Achievement in Cardiovascular Research (1991), the Julius Axelrod Medal of The Catecholamine Club (1994), and the Gregory Pincus Medal (1996). All of these awards recognized Dr. Furchgott's discovery of nitric oxide and its role in the cardiovascular system, though he was also recognized for his earlier work on drug-receptor interactions and receptor theory with the Goodman and Gilman Award in Receptor Pharmacology from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (1984).

The awards, honorary degrees, laboratory equipment, notes, and other memorabilia that will be on display in October are an important reminder not only of the value of Dr. Furchgott's research but also of his rigorous and careful approach to scientific enquiry carried out in a "small" laboratory environment – something that continues to give pause for thought to established scientists and to students entering a career in science or medicine in the sometimes bewildering and fast-moving age of "big science" that is currently considered de rigueur.


The Dr. Robert F. Furchgott Award Gallery
Opening October 18 at 10 am
Closing October 19 at 3 pm
The Nobel Prize and Proclamation will be on permanent display


To obtain a booklet of the awards on display send an email to cheryl.marriott@downstate.edu The booklet will be emailed to you after the closing of the award gallery.