Herbert Spencer Gasser
Gasser in 1944
|Born||July 5, 1888|
Platteville, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Died||May 11, 1963 (aged 74)|
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin–Madison|
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
|Known for||Action potentials|
Nerve fiber analysis
|Awards||Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine (1944)|
Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) (1946)
Washington University in St. Louis
Gasser discovered the different conductivity rates of different groups of nerve fibres. The work led to advances in our knowledge of the mechanism of pain and of reflex action and has inspired a large school of neurophysiologists. The Nobel Foundation described their work as "for their discoveries relating to the highly differentiated functions of single nerve fibres" which probably means 'different fibres do different things'.
References[change | change source]
- Adrian, L. (1964). "Herbert Spencer Gasser 1888–1963". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 10: 75–82. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1964.0005.
- "Biography of Herbert S. Gasser". The Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 2010-12-18.
- "The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1944". The Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 2010-12-18.