The Albanian-American Nobel laureate Ferid Murad passed away
Albanian-American Nobel laureate Ferid Murad has passed away at the age of 87.
The news of his death was announced by the former head of the Pan-Albanian American Congress, Bruno Ceka, through a post on Facebook.
"Today, the heart of one of the greatest figures of the Albanian nation stopped beating. To our Nobel laureate Dr. Ferid Murad. Rest in peace my friend, may God bless you", writes Ceka.
Ferid Murad was born in Whiting, Indiana, in 1936. His father was John (Jabir) Murad from Gostivar.
He attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where he graduated in 1958, and received his Doctor of Science degree from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.
Murad is one of three Americans who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1998, for their work with NO (Nitric Oxide). Murat and his colleagues discovered the vital biological advantages of NO, a colorless and odorless gas, that induces blood vessels to relax, dilate, and this then led to the production of anti-impotence pills.
NO improves blood circulation and lowers blood pressure. This discovery has a wide range of applications, including the treatment of heart disease and the possibility of making premature babies breathe easier.