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Herbert S. Gasser

Herbert S. Gasser

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1944
Co-Nobelist Joseph Erlanger

Physician, Electrophysiologist, Pharmacologist. Discovered differentiated functions of single nerve fibers. Two types of nerve fibers with different thicknesses; thicker fibers convey nerve impulses fast.

Two times for working on a problem - before anyone has thought of it and after everyone else has left it - result: innovator or finalist.


Herbert Gasser Biographical memoir by Merrill W. Chase, National Academies Press, 25 pages text, 33 pages total.

Drawing by Newton Llorente

Name: Herbert Spencer Gasser
Birth: 5 July 1888, Platteville, WI, USA
Death: 11 May 1963, New York, NY, USA
Institution: Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, New York, NY, USA
Award: "for their discoveries relating to the highly differentiated functions of single nerve fibres"
Subject: neurophysiology
Portion of cash: 1/2
History or Discovery
Nobel Ceremony
Lecturer, Collaborator, Co-Nobelist: Joseph Erlanger
Not Married