Nariman Mehta

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Nariman Bomanshaw Mehta
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Nariman Bomanshaw Mehta
Born (1920-04-20)April 20, 1920
Bombay, India
Died August 22, 2014(2014-08-22) (aged 94)[1]
Burlington, NC
Citizenship United States
Nationality United States
Fields Organic chemistry
Institutions Seagram, GlaxoSmithKline
Alma mater St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, University of Kansas
Known for Synthesis of antidepressant drug Bupropion (marketed as Wellbutrin)
Spouse Barbara DeShane
Children 2 daughters, 1 son

Nariman Bomanshaw Mehta (April 8, 1920 – August 22, 2014)[1] was an Indian-born American organic chemist and pharmacologist who designed, synthesized, and patented the organic compound Bupropion, marketed under the name Wellbutrin as an antidepressant and smoking cessation aid.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Mehta was born in Bombay, India. He attended St. Xavier's College in Bombay, from where he received Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry and physics and Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and economics, and a Master of Science degree. In 1939, he and a fellow student K. D. Irani wrote and published the book “Textbook of Theoretical and Practical Physics”.[3]

Mehta won a Tata Scholarship and received a grant from Wendell Willkie. In 1947 Mehta went to the United States, where he earned a PhD in chemistry from The University of Kansas.

He had two daughters and a son.

Career[edit]

Seagram invited Mehta to the United States as a trainee in their research lab where he learnt about fermentation and distillation. During his time at Seagram, Mehta studied the antibiotic Penicillin. While teaching chemistry at Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio, Mehta joined the pharmaceutical company Burroughs Wellcome, Inc., now GlaxoSmithKline, where he worked on potential neuropsychopharmacological drugs and designed, synthesized, and patented (in 1969) the compound Bupropion (BW 323U66) that was approved for use as an antidepressant in 1985 and sold under the trade name Wellbutrin. Another application of the drug was as a smoking cessation aid.[4]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Mehta, N B (1983), "The Chemistry of Bupropion", The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (May 1983) 44 (5): 56–9, PMID 6406464 
  • David L. Musso, Nariman B. Mehta, Francis E. Soroko, Robert M. Ferris, Elizabeth B. Hollingsworth, Bernard T. Kenney (2004), "Synthesis and evaluation of the antidepressant activity of the enantiomers of bupropion", Chirality (Chirality, published 2004-09-21) 5 (7): 495–500, doi:10.1002/chir.530050704, PMID 8240925 
  • Mehta, Nariman B; Arthur P Phillips, Florence Fu Lui, Ronald E Brooks (1960), "Maleamic and citraconamic acids, methyl esters, and imides", The Journal of Organic Chemistry 25 (6): 1012–1015, doi:10.1021/jo01076a038 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nariman Bomanshaw Mehta: Obituary". Times-News. Burlington, North Carolina. August 23, 2014. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ U.S. Patent 3,819,706
  3. ^ Irani K.D. and Mehta N.B. (1942) "Theoretical and Practical Physics"
  4. ^ van Setten, Henk. "1985: Want a Zyban?". The history of mental health. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 

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