Torsten WIESEL, M.D., F.R.S.
President Emeritus, Rockefeller University
Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1981
Since retiring as president of Rockefeller University in 1998, Dr. Wiesel has turned his attention to international science advocacy. From 2000-2009, Dr. Wiesel served as secretary general of the Human Frontier Science Program, established to support international, innovative and interdisciplinary basic research in the life sciences.
He was chairman of the Board of Governors of the New York Academy of Sciences from 2000 to 2006. Dr. Wiesel served as chair of the scientific advisory committee of the Pew Scholars Program 1992-2009. As a founding member in 1992, he continues to serve as chair of the Pew Latin American Fellowship Program, which provides support for postdoctoral training in the United States.
He is a founding member of the Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization, a non-profit alliance established in 2004 to support collaborative research between scientists in Israel and Palestine to promote positive interactions between the two communities. He served 1994-2004 as chair of the committee on human rights of the National Academies of Sciences and was a founding member of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies.
Dr. Wiesel is Chair of the Board of Governors of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST). He is currently on the board of the Hospital for Special Surgery, and is Visiting Professor at the Karolinska Institute. iI Stockholm, Dr. Wiesel currently serves on the scientific advisory boards of research institutes in countries in different parts of the world.
In 1981, Dr. Wiesel shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with David Hubel for studies of how visual information is transmitted to and processed in the visual cortex of the brain. Dr. Wiesel is also a recipient of the 2005 National Medal of Science.