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Georg Von Békésy

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Dates

June 3, 1899 – June 13, 1972

Authorized Form of Name

Von Békésy, Georg, 1899-1972

Additional Forms of Names

Békésy, Georg von, 1899-1972

Békésy, György, 1899-1972

Biography

Abstract

Georg von Bekesy was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1961 "for his discoveries of the physical mechanism of stimulation within the cochlea." He held positions at University of Budapest, Harvard University, University of Hawaii, and the research laboratory of the Hungarian Post Office.

Important Dates

June 3, 1899Birth, Budapest (Hungary).

1916Obtained BA in Chemistry, University of Bern, Bern (Switzerland).

1923Obtained PhD in Physics, University of Budapest (Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem), Budapest (Hungary).

1923 – 1946Researcher, Laboratory of the Hungarian Post, Telephone, and Telegraph, Budapest (Hungary).

1926 – 1927Researcher, Siemens and Halske, Berlin (Germany).

1932 – 1946Privat docent (1932-1939) and Professor of Experimental Physics (1939-1946), University of Budapest (Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem), Budapest (Hungary).

1937Awarded the Leibnitz Medal, German Academy of Sciences (Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin).

1946Awarded the Academy Award, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Magyar Tudományos Akadémia), Budapest (Hungary).

1946Visiting Researcher, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm (Sweden).

1947Senior Research Fellow, Psycho-Acoustic Laboratory, Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1954Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

1955Awarded the Warren Medal, Experimental Psychology Society.

1956Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

1957Awarded the Gold Medal, American Otological Society.

1961Awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for his discoveries of the physical mechanism of stimulation within the cochlea".

1961Awarded the Gold Medal, American Acoustical Society.

1961Awarded the Achievement Award, Deafness Research Foundation.

1966Professor of Sensor Sciences, University of Hawaii, Honolulu (Hawaii).

1969Honorary DSc, University of Hawaii, Honolulu (Hawaii).

June 13, 1972Death, Honolulu (Hawaii).

Occupation

Audiologist and physicist.

Places

Birth

Budapest (Hungary)

Undergraduate Education

Bern (Switzerland)

Graduate Education

Budapest (Hungary)

Employment

Budapest (Hungary)

Berlin (Germany)

Cambridge (Mass.)

Honolulu (Hawaii)

Death

Honolulu (Hawaii)

Subjects

Audiometry.

Auditory perception.

Telecommunication.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

Fay, Richard R.

Advised by Von Bekesy.

Additional

Cole, Robert E.

Gold, Thomas

Helmholtz, Hermann von, 1821-1894

Stevens, S. S. (Stanley Smith), 1906-1973

Zotterman, Yngve

Zwislocki, Jozef J., 1922-

Institutions

Major Positions

Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem

Received PhD in Physics (1923). Privat docent and Professor of Experimental Physics.

Harvard University. Psycho-Acoustic Laboratory

Senior Research Fellow.

Karolinska institutet

Visiting Researcher.

Siemens & Halske

Researcher.

University of Hawaii at Manoa. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Professor of Sensory Sciences and awarded Honorary DDs (1969).

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Acoustical Society of America

Awarded the Gold Medal (1961).

Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin.

Awarded the Leibnitz Medal (1937).

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Fellow.

American Otological Society

Awarded the Gold Medal (1957).

Deafness Research Foundation (U.S.)

Awarded the Achievement Award (1961).

Experimental Psychology Society

Awarded the Warren Medal (1955).

Magyar Tudományos Akadémia

Awarded the Academy Prize (1946).

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

Universitat Bern

Received BA in Chemistry (1916).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Georg Von Bekesy biographical information, circa 1972.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Georg von Békésy papers, 1947-1972.

Pusey Library

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

George Von Békésy papers, 1928-1972 (bulk 1955-1970).

Manuscript Division

Library of Congress

James Madison Memorial Building, First Street and Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20540, USA

Subject

Oral history interview with Jozef Zwislocki, 2008 December 8.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Thomas Gold, 1978 April 1.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Robert E. Cole letter to Stanley Smith Stevens, 1972.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Stanley Smith Stevens papers, 1931-1973.

Pusey Library

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Published Resources

Author

Experiments in hearing / Georg von Békésy ; translated and edited by E.G. Wever.

Subject

Georg Von Bekesy National Academy of Sciences biographical memoir.

Georg Von Bekesy Nobel Prize biography.

Georg Von Bekesy Physics Today obituary.

University of Hawaii Pacific Biosciences Research Center: Biography of Georg von Békésy.