Nobel Prize

Roger W. Sperry: Nobel Laureate


In 1981 Roger Wolcott Sperry won the Nobel Prize “for his discoveries concerning the functional specialization of the cerebral hemispheres”,  made in the 1950’s and 60’s. Although Sperry had been working on addressing important issues such as chemoaffinity and nerve regeneration, the Nobel committee chose to focus on his pioneering work involving the split-brain. Other recipients that year were David H. Hubel and Torsten N. Wiesel “for their discoveries concerning information processing in the visual system”.