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Sydney Murray Friedman

Sydney Murray Friedman, scientist, scholar, physician (born 17 February 1916 in Montréal, QC; died 16 February 2015 in Vancouver, BC).

A 1940 medical graduate of McGill, Friedman served in the RCAF during the Second World War. He returned to McGill and earned his PhD in anatomy (1946) and thereafter began a distinguished career in academic medicine. He was appointed the first professor and head of the department of anatomy at the University of British Columbia (1950-81). His scientific research focused on the effects of sodium and hormones on blood vessels in hypertension. He was known internationally as a scientific author and lecturer. Friedman's many honours include Royal Society of Canada membership, the J.C.B. Grant Award and outstanding service awards from the Heart Foundation and the Ciba Foundation. He was also a founding member of the BC Heart Foundation.