Torsten Wiesel#


Torsten Wiesel
Membership Number:1634
Membership type:FOREIGN
Section:PHYSIOLOGY & NEUROSCIENCE
Elected:1995
Main Country of Residence:FRANCE




Present and Previous Positions

  • Director of the Shelby White and Leon Levy Center for Mind, Brain and Behavior, President of Rockefeller University
  • 1991 - 1998 President of Rockefeller University
  • 1983 Vincent and Brooke Astor Professor, Rockefeller University and head of the Laboratory of Neurobiology
  • 1968 Professor, Department of neurobiology (Chair of Department 1971)
  • 1959 Instructor in pharmacology, Harvard Medical School
  • 1958 Assistant professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • 1955 Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • 1954 Department of physiology and child psychiatry unit, Karolinska Institute

Fields of Scholarship
  • Information processing in visual system

Honours and Awards
  • 1971 Ferrier Medal and Lecture, Royal Society
  • 1971 Dr. Jules C. Stein Award
  • 1972 Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award
  • 1977 Karl Spencer Lashley Award
  • 1975 Freidenwald Award
  • 1978 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize, Columbia University
  • 1980 Ledlie Prize
  • 1981 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, together with David H. Hubel "for their discoveries concerning information processing in the visual system" (the prize was shared with Roger W. Sperry)
  • 1982 Elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS)
  • 1989 W.H. Helmerich III Award
  • 1993 Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience
  • 1996 Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research
  • 1998 Presidential Award
  • 2005 David Rall Medal
  • 2005 National Medal of Science
  • 2006 Honorary degree, University of Pavia
  • 2006 Ramon Y Cajal Gold Medal, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas)
  • 2007 Marshall M. Parks MD Medal of Excellence
  • 2009 Order of the Rising Sun, Grand Cordon, (Japan)
  • 2010 Honorary Doctoral Degree in Science, University of Cambodia


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