David H. Hubel


Interview, March 2009

Interview with the 1981 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine David H. Hubel, 21 March 2009. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org.

David Hubel describes growing up in Montreal, Canada and the experiments he conducted in electronics and chemistry, the last minute decision that led him to enroll in medical school (8:18), his third year of residency at Johns Hopkins and subsequent transition to Walter Reed after being drafted as a doctor in the army (14:39), and the luck that led him to collaborate with Torsten Wiesel and their early experiments in recording cells in the visual cortex (19:32). He then discusses the changes in biological science research and his 25 year partnership with Wiesel (46:12), what he looks for in a student (58:46), and what field of research he would pursue if he were to begin his career now (1:06:37).

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