Posts tagged: David H. Hubel

In Memoriam: David H. Hubel, 1926-2013

By , September 25, 2013
Torsten Wiesel and David Hubel in 1980

Torsten Wiesel and David Hubel in 1980

The Center staff was saddened to learn of the passing of David Hubel on Sunday at the age of 87. Hubel shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Harvard Medical School colleague and collaborator Torsten Wiesel, and Roger Sperry, for their discoveries of information processing in the visual cortex. Hubel received his M.D. from McGill University in 1951, and after completing a residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, was drafted for military service and assigned to Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Neuropsychiatry Division. In 1958 Stephen Kuffler recruited Hubel to Johns Hopkins, where Hubel first met Wiesel. In 1959, Kuffler, along with Hubel and Wiesel, moved to Harvard Medical School and the Department of Pharmacology, which in 1966 became the Department of Neurobiology, the first of its kind in the country. At Harvard Hubel and Wiesel, working with cats and monkeys, conducted their Nobel Prize-winning research on the visual cortex. At the time of his death, Hubel was the John Franklin Enders University Professor of Neurobiology, Emeritus.

Obituaries for Dr. Hubel can be found at, the New York Times and the Washington Post.

The Center holds the David H. Hubel papers. For information regarding access to this collection, please contact the Public Services staff.

Below are photographs from the day the 1981 Nobel Prize was announced:

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Collection Guide to Papers of David H. Hubel Now Online

By , March 7, 2013

The Center for the History of Medicine is pleased to announce that the finding aid for the papers of Nobel Prize recipient David H. Hubel (born 1926) is now available online. Hubel, John Franklin Enders University Professor of Neurobiology, began his career at Harvard Medical School in 1959 as an Associate in Neurophysiology and Neuropharmacology, serving briefly as chairman of the Department of Physiology before returning to full time teaching and research on the visual systems of monkeys and cats. In 1981, Hubel was co-recipient of the Nobel Prize with Torsten N. Wiesel in recognition of their discoveries concerning information processing in the visual system, which led to treatments for several forms of blindness in children.

David H. Hubel teaching at Harvard Medical School, undated. From

Dating between 1953 and 2005, Hubel’s papers contain raw research data (primarily photographs and negatives, notes, and some protocols) resulting from David H. Hubel’s research into information processing in the visual systems of the brain, as well as travel records and correspondence associated with Hubel’s professional activities, grants management files, and extensive topical and correspondence files resulting from his leadership roles in the Society for Neuroscience.

For more information about the collection, or to schedule a research appointment, contact our Public Services staff. Information about Hubel’s current research interests and a link to an online version of Hubel’s publication Eye, Brain, and Vision may be found on his Harvard Medical School faculty page.

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