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T. R. Fraser

AKA Thomas Richard Fraser

Born: 5-Feb-1841
Birthplace: Calcutta, India
Died: 4-Jan-1920
Location of death: Edinburgh, Scotland
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist, Doctor

Nationality: Scotland
Executive summary: Made poison and venom into medicine

T. R. Fraser was a pioneer in modern pharmacology who conducted some of the earliest research to correlate and quantify the chemical constitution of drugs with their medicinal actions. He studied arrow poisons and snake venoms, and developed an antidote to some venoms. His research included studies of physostigmine, developed from calabar beans and now used to treat Alzheimer's, glaucoma, myasthenia gravis, and other illnesses, and Strophanthus hispidus, a shrub from which some heart medicines are derived.

Wife: Susanna Margaret Duncan Fraser
Son: Francis Richard Fraser (physician, b. 1885, d. 1964)

    Medical School: MD, University of Edinburgh (1862)
    Professor: Medicine, University of Edinburgh (1877-1918)

    Knight of the British Empire
    Royal Society
    Royal Society of Edinburgh
    Scottish Ancestry


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