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David H. Hubel

David H. HubelAKA David Hunter Hubel

Born: 27-Feb-1926
Birthplace: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Died: 22-Sep-2013
Location of death: Lincoln, MA
Cause of death: Kidney failure

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist, Doctor

Nationality: Canada
Executive summary: Neurophysiology of vision

Military service: US Army (1955-58)

David H. Hubel spent many years collaborating with Torsten N. Wiesel, investigating brain function, most notably the nerve impulses that flow between retina and brain. They proved that specific nerve cells are responsible for specific types of visual comprehension, and were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1981, along with Roger W. Sperry. Hubel spent parts of his childhood on both sides of the border between Detroit and Windsor, and holds dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship.

Father: Jesse H. Hubel (chemical engineer)
Mother: Elsie M. Hunter Hubel
Wife: Shirley Ruth Izzard Hubel (m. 1953, d. 2013, three sons)
Son: Carl Hubel
Son: Eric Hubel
Son: Paul Hubel

    High School: Strathcona Academy, Outremont, Quebec (1943)
    University: BS Mathematics, McGill University (1947)
    University: BS Physics, McGill University (1947)
    Medical School: MD, McGill University (1947)
    Scholar: Neurology, Johns Hopkins University (1954-55)
    Teacher: Pharmacology, Johns Hopkins University (1958-59)
    Teacher: Pharmacology, Harvard University (1959-65)
    Professor: Physiology, Harvard University (1965-68)
    Professor: Neurobiology, Harvard University (1968-)

    Federation of American Scientists Board of Sponsors
    Dickson Prize 1979 (with Torsten N. Wiesel)
    Nobel Prize for Medicine 1981 (with Roger W. Sperry and Torsten N. Wiesel)
    Bavarian Ancestry
    Canadian Ancestry
    Naturalized US Citizen 1953

Author of books:
The Visual Cortex of the Brain (1963)
The Brain (1984, with Francis Crick)
Eye, Brain, and Vision (1988)
Brain and Visual Perception: The Story of a 25-year Collaboration (2005, with Torsten N Wiesel)


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