Dr Herbert Spencer Gasser

Dr Herbert Spencer Gasser

Birth
Platteville, Grant County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 11 May 1963 (aged 74)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Platteville, Grant County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 122211329 · View Source
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Nobel Laureate Physiologist. He shared the 1944 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with Joseph Erlanger for their discoveries concerning the functions of different kinds of nerve fibers. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated with both a B.A. (1910) and M.A. (1911). He went on to Johns Hopkins Medical School where he earned his M.D. in 1915. After spending a year at Wisconsin, he went to Washington University in St. Louis where he became associated with Dr. Joseph Erlanger and became a professor of pharmacology in 1925. During his time at Washington University, which spanned from 1916 to 1931, he, along with Erlanger, studied the barely detectable electrical impulses carried by isolated nerve fibers. By 1924, they had succeeded in using an oscillograph to visualize amplified nerve impulses on a fluorescent screen. Using the oscillograph, they showed that different nerve fibers exist for the transmission of specific kinds of impulses. This work made it possible to construct improved recording machines to diagnose brain and nevous disorders and to ascertain the success of treatments for these diseases. It was this work that would later earn both him and Erlanger the Nobel Prize in 1944. In 1931, he was appointed professor of physiology at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Four years later, he was appointed director of the Rockefeller Institute in New York City and his tenure there would last until 1953. He wrote many scientific papers and books about various neurophysical topics. Besides the Nobel Prize, he earned many other awards and honors for his work and was a member of many medical societies.

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