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Herbert Gasser
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Gasser in 1944
Born July 5, 1888
Platteville, Wisconsin, USA
Died May 11, 1963
New York, New York, USA
Alma mater University of Wisconsin
Johns Hopkins University
Washington University
Awards Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1944)
Scientific career
Institutions Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research

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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