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Herbert Spencer Gasser
Gasser in 1944
July 5, 1888|
Platteville, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Died||May 11, 1963
New York City, New York, U.S.
|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
Herbert Gasser (Herbert Spencer Gasser, July 5, 1888 – May 11, 1963) was an American doctor. He won the 1944 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, with Joseph Erlanger.
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'.
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