Wiesel, Torsten Nils

Wiesel, Torsten Nils

▪ Swedish biologist
born June 3, 1924, Uppsala, Swed.

      Swedish neurobiologist, corecipient with David Hunter Hubel (Hubel, David Hunter) and Roger Wolcott Sperry (Sperry, Roger Wolcott) of the 1981 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. All three scientists were honoured for their investigations of brain function, Wiesel and Hubel in particular for their collaborative studies of the visual cortex, which is located in the occipital lobes of the cerebrum.

      Wiesel earned a medical degree from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm in 1954. After remaining there for a year as an instructor in physiology, he accepted a research appointment at the Johns Hopkins University Medical School in Baltimore, Md., where his association with Hubel began. Working with laboratory animals, they analyzed the flow of nerve impulses from the eye (eye, human) to the visual cortex and were thereby able to discern many structural and functional details of that part of the brain. Wiesel and Hubel also studied the effects of various visual impairments in young animals, and their results lent strong support to the view that prompt surgery is imperative in correcting certain eye defects that are detectable in newborn children.

      In 1959 Wiesel moved, along with Hubel, to Harvard University, where in 1974 he was named the Robert Winthrop professor of neurobiology. In 1983 Wiesel accepted a position as the Vincent Brook Astor professor of neuroscience at Rockefeller University and formed a collaborative partnership with American neurobiologist Charles Gilbert, who was studying the interactions of neurons (neuron) in the primary visual cortex. Their studies led to the elucidation of fundamental neuronal connections in the visual cortex and revealed information about the responses of cells (cell) in the visual receptive fields. From 1991 to 1998 Wiesel served as the president of Rockefeller University and worked to facilitate collaboration efforts among scientists and to create new positions to attract talented researchers. In 2000 he took a position as secretary general of the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) in Stockholm. Wiesel's role at the HFSP was concerned primarily with helping young scientists in countries around the world find research and collaboration opportunities.

      Wiesel served on the boards of multiple organizations, including the Pew Center on Climate Change, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the International Brain Research Organization. In 2004 he cofounded the Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization to promote scientific collaboration between researchers in Israel and Palestine. Wiesel also was an advocate of human rights, having served as the chair of both the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies and the Committee of Human Rights of the National Academies of Science in the United States. In 2007 Wiesel's efforts to support research on eye diseases (eye disease) were realized when the Torsten Wiesel Research Institute was established as part of the World Eye Organization, based in Chengdu, China.

      In addition to Wiesel's numerous scientific papers, he wrote several books, including two with Hubel, Brain Mechanisms of Vision (1991) and Brain and Visual Perception: The Story of a 25-Year Collaboration (2004). Wiesel also received multiple awards during his career, including the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize in 1978 (shared with Hubel) and the U.S. National Medal of Science in 2005.

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