Tue, Oct 06, 2015, 06:22 AM
Dr William Campbell, one of three scientists awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday, said he was shocked when he received the news. Campbell (85) is a research fellow emeritus at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He said that he made his main discovery in 1975 while working at pharmaceutical company Merck. Campbell along with another Noble prize winner Omura created the drug avermectin which was being used to prevent river blindness and lymphatic filariasis. They have affected millions of people in Africa, Latin America and Asia, leaving sufferers blind or disfigured and often unable to work.