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Joseph Erlanger

Physiologist Joseph Erlanger

Profession: Physiologist

United States of America

Biography: Joseph Erlanger was awarded the 1944 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his contributions to the field of neuroscience. Along with his colleague Herbert Gasser, Erlanger conducted research using a cathode-ray oscilloscope to analyze the electrical reactions of nerve fibers.

Born: January 5, 1874
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: December 5, 1965 (aged 91)
Cause of Death: Heart disease

Historical Events

  • 1947-12-10 American physiologists Joseph Erlanger and Herbert Gasser presented with Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in Stockholm (awarded 1944), for research into nerve function

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