March 24, 1999
Geneva, NY — Torsten N. Wiesel received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1981 for his discoveries concerning information processing in the visual system. Wiesel will share his expertise in a lecture titled “Brain Mechanisms of Vision” at 7 p.m. on April 1, in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The presentation is free and the public is invited to attend.
Wiesel is a neurobiologist whose pioneering studies of the mammalian visual cortex have significantly shaped current understanding of brain structures, function, and development. Born in Uppsala, Sweden, Wiesel received a medical degree from the Karolinski Institute in Stockholm, where he became an instructor in the Institute's department of physiology. Following a fellowship in ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins Medical School, he accepted an assistant professorship in ophthalmic physiology there. He later joined the Harvard Medical School and eventually become chairman of the department of neurobiology there.
Wiesel accepted a professorship at The Rockefeller University in 1983, where he organized a new laboratory of neurobiology and was named the Vincent and Brooke Astor Professor. He became the seventh president of The Rockefeller University in 1992.
The recipient of numerous awards in addition to the Nobel Prize, Wiesel also holds honorary degrees from several institutions, including Harvard University, New York University, Johns Hopkins University, and the Karolinski Institute.
Wiesel's visit to the Colleges is sponsored by Merck and Co., the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the HWS Departments of Chemistry and Biology.
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