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John Robert Vane

Sir John Robert Vane (March 29, 1927 – November 19, 2004) was a British pharmacologist. His father was the son of Jewish immigrants from Russia and his mother came from a Worcestershire farming family. He was educated at King Edward's School in Edgbaston, Birmingham, and studied Chemistry at the University of Birmingham in 1944. Vane completed a doctorate in pharmacology from the University of Oxford in 1953.

He held a post at the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences of the University of London in the Royal College of Surgeons of England for 18 years. During that time he developed certain bioassay techniques that led to important scientific discoveries. He won a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1982 for his work on aspirin in which he discovered it inhibited prostaglandin biosynthesis.

In 1973, Vane left academia and took up the position of director of research of the Wellcome Foundation. Twelve years later, however, he returned to academic life at the William Harvey Research Institute at the Medical College of St Bartholomew's Hospital (now Barts and The London, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry).[1]


  1. ^ Queen Mary, University of London Notable Alumni and Staff. Retrieved on 2007-09-23.


  • John Robert Vane (1971). "Inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis as a mechanism of action for aspirin-like drugs.". Nature - New Biology 231 (25): 232-5. PMID 5284360.
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