May 23, 2009
Pharmacologist Furchgott dies
Robert F. Furchgott, whose research earned him a share of a Nobel Prize and helped lead to the anti-impotency drug Viagra, has died, a daughter said.
Susan Furchgott said her father died Tuesday in Seattle, The Ledger in Lakeland, Fla., reported Saturday. He was 92.
Furchgott's discovery that nitric oxide could enlarge blood vessels helped lead to Pfizer Corp. developing the drug sildenafil citrate, which it markets as Viagra. The drug is now produced under other trade names, as well.
Furchgott's first wife Lenore died in 1983, and his second Margaret died several years ago. He is also survived by two other daughters, Jane and Terry Furchgott, four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.