David Hunter Hubel

Neuropsychologist, Researcher, Author.

David Hunter Hubel was a renowned neuropsychologist. He was born on February 27, David Hunter Hubel1926 in Windsor, Ontario. Hubel is known for having received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1981 with Torsten Nils Wiesel (a Swedish neurobiologist) and Roger Wolcott Sperry (an American neurobiologist). This prize was awarded in recognition of their significant contributions to the understanding of brain functioning and visual information processing. Hubel passed away on September 22, 2013 in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Hubel’s parents were both raised in Detroit, Michigan. They moved to Windsor after Hubel’s father obtained a job in the city. His father was a chemical engineer, and Hubel’s interest in science is attributed in large part to his father. Hubel went on to study at McGill University in Montreal. There, he received his bachelor’s degree in 1947. In 1951, Hubel received an M.D. After holding positions at the Montreal Neurological Institute and the Walter Reed Army Hospital of Research, among others, Hubel joined the Harvard Medical School in 1959 and became a professor of physiology in 1965.

Hubel has written many works on the functioning of the brain. He has coauthored several books with Wisel, including Brain Mechanisms of Vision (1979) and Brain and Visual Perception: The Story of a 25-Year Collaboration (2004). Hubel also wrote The Visual Cortex of the Brain in 1963, The Brain in 1984, and Eye, Brain, and Vision in 1988.


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