Herbert Henry Jasper Medicine

Noted for studies on electrical activity in human and animal brains

The Story

Jasper earned his MD at McGill in 1943, not because he wanted to be a doctor but to get access to patients to study. Today he is recognized as one of the world’s leading neurophysiologists. Jasper conducted the first electroencephalograph (EEG) in the US in 1935. He led the Montreal Neurological Institute’s neurophysiology and EEG labs from 1939 to 1961, at the request of Wilder Penfield, MNI’s founder. He had impressed Penfield with his EEG skills on the exposed human brain while Penfield operated. Jasper also co-wrote an important text on epilepsy with Penfield. Among many other awards, he received the Albert Einstein Prize from the World Cultural Council in 1996.

Sources: The McGill Reporter, January, 25, 1996

The Person

July 27, 1906
La Grande, Oregon
Neurophysiologist; Professor Emeritus, Department de Physiologie
Université de Montréal
Last Updated
October 15, 2001

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