Hubel, David Hunter

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David Hunter Hubel (hyōō´bəl), 1926–, American neurobiologist, b. Ont., Canada. In 1958, Hubel joined Torsten Wiesel at Johns Hopkins, and the two relocated to Harvard in 1959. Their most famous studies were in the area of visual perception, with particular emphasis on the nerve impulses mediating between the retina and the brain. They observed that various nerve cells were responsible for different types of visual stimuli. In 1981, Hubel and Wiesel received a Nobel prize for their research in neurophysiology.