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Georg von Békésy Ph.D. [Physics]

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1961

Physicist, Communication engineer. Psychophysiology of hearing. Physical mechanism of stimulation within cochlea, a frequency analyzer. Accidental selection of science field. Technically skillful, elegant experimental design. He nuisance to autopsy room, mechanical workshops.

"Found inner ear beautiful under stereoscopic microscope. It was pleasure of beauty that made me stick to ear."


1. Bekesy's major interest was art. He had a large collection of art objects which were dear to him. These objects inspired him and gave him solace when he was alone. Bekesy bequeathed his art collection to The Nobel Foundation which held an exhibition on 9 December, 1974.

The Georg von Békésy Collection : selected objects from the Collection of Georg von Békésy bequeathed to the Nobel Foundation
Jan Wirgin; Ulf Abel; Nobelstiftelsen.
Malmö : Allhem, 1974
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The Georg von Békésy Collection
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2. His private collection of books is now in the Library of the University of Hawaii.

Drawing by Newton Llorente

Name: Georg von Békésy
Birth: 3 June 1899, Budapest, Hungary
Death: 13 June 1972, Honolulu, HI, USA
Institution: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Award: "for his discoveries of the physical mechanism of stimulation within the cochlea"
Subject: audiology, otolaryngology
Portion of Cash: 1/1
Honoring Georg von Békésy
Baccalaureate: Chemistry at Berne, Switzerland, 1916
Ph.D.: Physics at University of Budepest, 1923