Jerome Horwitz of Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University School of Medicine is an American scientist. The United States came into being around the Age of Enlightenment (circa 1680 to 1800 a period in which writers and thinkers rejected the Superstitions of the past He first synthesized the compound that would later become known as zidovudine, an antiviral drug used to treat HIV, in 1964. Zidovudine ( INN) or azidothymidine ( AZT) (also called ZDV is a nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI a type of Antiretroviral Antiviral drugs are a class of Medication used specifically for treating viral Infections Like Antibiotics for Bacteria, specific antivirals Human immunodeficiency virus ( HIV) is a Lentivirus (a member of the Retrovirus family that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome Year 1964 ( MCMLXIV) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the 1964 Gregorian calendar. The compound was initially synthesized as a treatment for cancer. At that time he was working for the Michigan Cancer Foundation with a federal grant from the National Institutes of Health. In the United States Federal grants are economic Aid issued by the United States government out of the general federal revenue "NIH" redirects here For other meanings of NIH see NIH (disambiguation.
After synthesizing AZT, Horwitz went on to create many other successful treatments for cancer and other diseases. He has since retired.