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educator , Neurobiologist

Torsten Nils Wiesel, Swedish, American neurobiologist, educator.


Wiesel, Torsten Nils was born on June 3, 1924 in Upsala, Sweden. Arrived in United States, 1955. Son of Fritz Samuel and Anna-Lisa Elisabet (Bentzer) Wiesel.


Doctor of Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, 1954. Doctor of Medicine (honorary), Karolinska Inst, Stockholm, 1989. Doctor of Medicine (honorary), Harvard University, 1967.

Doctor of Medicine (honorary), Linköping University, 1982. Doctor of Science (honorary), New York University, 1987. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Bergen, 1987.


Assistant department child psychiatry Karolinska Hospital, 1954—1955. Fellow in ophthalmology Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1955—1958, assistant professor ophthalmic physiology, 1958—1959. Associate in neurophysiology and neuropharmacology Harvard Medical School, Boston, 1959—1960, assistant professor neurophysiology and neuropharmacology, 1960—1964, assistant professor neurophysiology, 1964—1967, professor physiology, 1967—1968, professor neurobiology, 1968—1974, chairman department neurobiology, 1973—1982, Robert Winthrop professor neurobiology, 1974—1982.

Vincent & Brooke Astor professor neurobiology Rockefeller University, New York City, 1982—1998, president, 1991—1998, Vincent & Brooke Astor professor emeritus, president emeritus, since 1998, director Shelby White and Leon Levy Center Mind, Brain & Behavior. Lecturer College de France, 1977. Hitchcock professor University California, Berkeley, 1980.

Secretary-general Human Frontier Science Program, Strasbourg, France, 2000. Chair science advisory board National Institute Biological Science, Beijing. Co-chair board governers Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor numerous articles to professional journals.


President International Brain Research Orgn,., 1998—2004. Board governors New York Academy of Sciences, 2001—2006, chairman, interim director, 2001—2002. Advisory board member European Brain Research Institute.

Chairman board directors Aaron Diamond Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Research Center, New York City, 1995—2001. Board directors Hospital Special Surgery, Pew Center Global Climate Change. Member of National Academy of Sciences (chairman committee on human rights 1994—2004, David Rall medal 2005), American Association for the Advancement of Science, Serbian Academy of Sciences & Arts, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (foreign), Royal Society, Society Neurosci.

(president 1978-1979), Swedish Physiological Society, National Academy Arts & Sciences, American Academy Arts & Sciences, American Philosophical Society (Karl Spencer Lashley prize 1977), American Physiological Society.


1 child Sara Elisabet.

Fritz Wiesel

Sara Elisabet Wiesel