Herbert Spencer Gasser

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Birthday
5, 1888
Birthplace
Platteville, WI
Death Date
May 11, 1963 (74)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
5, 1888
Birthplace
Platteville, WI
Death Date
May 11, 1963 (74)

About

American physiologist who won the 1944 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his pioneering research into nerve conduction of signals. He became a Foreign Member of the Royal Society in 1946.

Before Fame

During WW I he was part of the research effort into chemical warfare, and later went to Johns Hopkins Medical School, where he began his most-known research.

Trivia

His scientific breakthroughs, conducted under the guidance of his mentor Joseph Erlanger, helped future generations of doctors figure out the mechanisms behind pain and reflexes.

Family Life

He was born in Platteville, Wisconsin, the son of Herman Gasser end Jane Elisabeth Griswold.

Associated With

Willem Einthoven was another winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine - he receive his honor for inventing the electrocardiogram.