The man behind the invention of ibuprofen in Nottingham, Dr Stewart Adams, has died at the age of 95.
Dr Stewart Adams, originally from Northamptonshire, left school at 16 to start a pharmacist apprenticeship with the Boots’ Cambridgeshire branch.
Before starting his job at Boots Pure Drug Company in 1952, Dr Adams studied pharmacy at University of Nottingham and then went on to gain a PhD in pharmacology from Leeds University.
Within a year he was researching pain-killers for Rheumatoid arthritis in Nottingham, and 10 years later he discovered 2-(4-isobutylphenyl) propionic acid, now commonly known as ibuprofen.
Dr Adams was awarded an OBE for his dedicated work in the 1980s, just a few years after the drug was licensed in 1969.
Following big nights out he soon discovered other benefits of his drug. He said: “I was first up to speak and had a bit of a headache after a night out with friends. So I took 600mg dose, just to be sure, and I found it very effective.”
Alongside his highly looked upon medical work, Dr Adams was also a father-of-two and a grandfather-of-six. He lived in Redhill and died at Queens Medical Centre on Wednesday, January 30.
Today ibuprofen remains hugely important around the world. in 2015, Boots UK sold an average of one pack of ibuprofen every 2.92 seconds, and, in the UK, sales figures for the medicine reached over £150 million.