Herbert Spencer Gasser
Herbert Spencer Gasser

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Name: Herbert Spencer Gasser
Occupation: Physiologist
Gender: Male
Birth Day: July 5, 1888
Death Date: May 11, 1963 (age 74)
Age: Aged 74
Birth Place: Platteville, United States
Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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Herbert Spencer Gasser

Herbert Spencer Gasser was born on July 5, 1888 in Platteville, United States (74 years old). Herbert Spencer Gasser is a Physiologist, zodiac sign: Cancer. Find out Herbert Spencer Gassernet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


His scientific breakthroughs, conducted under the guidance of his mentor Joseph Erlanger, helped future generations of doctors figure out the mechanisms behind pain and reflexes.

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As per our current Database, Herbert Spencer Gasser died on May 11, 1963 (age 74).

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Before Fame

During WW I he was part of the research effort into chemical warfare, and later went to Johns Hopkins Medical School, where he began his most-known research.

Biography Timeline


Gasser attended State Normal School in Platteville, then entered the University of Wisconsin in 1907. Finishing his undergraduate studies in zoology in only two years, he enrolled in the university's medical school in 1909, studying physiology under Joseph Erlanger, and pharmacology under Arthur S. Loevenhart. While still a student, he was named an instructor in pharmacology (1911). Since UW only provided preclinical medical instruction, Gasser transferred to Johns Hopkins University in 1913, where he received his medical degree in 1915. He then returned to UW as a pharmacology instructor. In 1916 Gasser moved to the department of physiology at Washington University.


As the United States became involved in World War I and the armies began using chemical warfare, Gasser was urged to contribute his knowledge of human physiology to the subject. Accordingly, in the summer of 1918 he joined the Armed Forces Chemical Warfare Service in Washington D.C. After the Armistice he returned to Washington University, where he was made a professor of pharmacology in 1921.


In 1931 Gasser moved to New York City and became a professor of physiology at Cornell Medical College. After four years at that post, he was named the second director of the Rockefeller Institute, following the long tenure of Simon Flexner, who had founded the institute. He remained in that position until 1953.


In 1936 Gasser and Erlanger gave a series of lectures at the University of Pennsylvania, summarizing their investigations into the actions of human nerve cells. This work led to their recognition in 1944, when they jointly received the Nobel Prize (Gasser used his prize money to fund further research into the subject).


After his retirement from the Rockefeller Institute in 1953, Gasser continued his research. He published over 100 scientific papers during his lifetime. He died in New York City on May 11, 1963. He had never married.

Family Life

Herbert was born in Platteville, Wisconsin, the son of Herman Gasser end Jane Elisabeth Griswold.

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