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Viagra-Maker Robert Furchgott Dies at 92

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robert-furchgottRobert Furchgott is the pharmacologist who laid a path for the discovery of Viagra. He received the Noble prize for his discovery. He invented during his study that nitric oxide gas relaxes the blood vessels, which further on lead to the discovery of Viagra by the Pfizer pharmaceuticals. Viagra is such a discovery that mankind would always be thankful to Mr. Robert Furchgott. He died on May 19th, 2009 in Seattle. The reason for the death was unknown as his daughter did not say anything about how he died. Mr. Robert Furchgott was 92 years old. He was really suffering from the ill health from last year, as per the information received from the resources.

Robert Furchgott along with his 2 other colleagues Louis Ignarro and Ferid Murad was the first person to discover the use of the nitric oxide in the human cardiovascular system and regulating blood pressure and circulation. He received the Noble prize for his discovery in 1998. But, the far bigger prize than this was the discovery of the Viagra that solved the impotence problem in millions of men. Robert Furchgott was so overwhelmed by his discovery that his eyes watered when people thanked him for his discovery. The name of the Robert Furchgott would always be remembered by every man whenever he will buy Viagra to cure his impotence problem.

Robert Furchgott was son of Arthur Furchgott and Pena Sorentrue Furchgott. He completed his graduation in 1937, with specialization in chemistry. He did his Ph.D in biochemistry at Northern University in 1940. Gairdner Foundation International Award was given to Robert Furchgott in 1991 for his groundbreaking discoveries in the field of biochemistry.  He also discovered that human muscles relax after exposure to the ultraviolet light.

Robert Furchgott discovery as the ability of nitric oxide to enlarge blood vessels was an important step in the development of the drug Sildenafil citrate by the Pfizer Corporation, which markets it as Viagra. This drug served to be as a blessing to all those men who were facing problems in getting the erection during the sexual activity.  The Sildenafil improved the nitric oxide deposition in the penile region leading to the relaxation of the muscles. This leads to loosen up the arterial pressure, which finally increases the blood supply the penis resulting in the strong and long-lasting erections during the sexual activity.

The discoveries done by the Robert Furchgott are really helpful to the mankind. The sexual health problems of the impotent men are solved considerably by the use of the Viagra. Before the discovery of the Robert Furchgott, nitric oxide was considered as hazardous gas released from cigarettes and car engines that contributes to smog. But, Robert Furchgott showed the other useful side of the nitric oxide gas. Thus, the discovery was really a break through. So, we all should salute to Mr. Robert Furchgott for making our sex lives better than ever.

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