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Herbert Spencer Gasser
Gasser in 1944
BornJuly 5, 1888(1888-07-05)
Platteville, Wisconsin, U.S.
DiedMay 11, 1963(1963-05-11) (aged 74)
New York City, New York, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
FieldsPhysiology
InstitutionsRockefeller University
Cornell University
Washington University in St. Louis
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Known forAction potentials
Nerve fiber analysis
Notable awardsNobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine (1944)
Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) (1946)[1]

Herbert Gasser (Herbert Spencer Gasser, July 5, 1888 – May 11, 1963) was an American doctor.[2] He won the 1944 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, with Joseph Erlanger.

Gasser discovered the different conductivity rates of different groups of nerve fibres. The work led to advances in our knowledge of the mechanism of pain and of reflex action and has inspired a large school of neurophysiologists.[3] The Nobel Foundation described their work as "for their discoveries relating to the highly differentiated functions of single nerve fibres" which probably means 'different fibres do different things'.

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