Ragnar Granit Biography
(Finnish-Swedish Scientist Who Shared the 1967 Nobel Prize in Medicine)
Birthday: October 30, 1900 (Scorpio)
Born In: Riihimäki, Finland
Ragnar Granit was a Finnish-Swedish scientist who was felicitated with the highly-esteemed Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1967 for his discovery concerning the primary physiological and chemical visual processes in the eye. He was a co-recipient of the award and shared it with HaldanKeffer Hartline and George Wald. Interestingly, a highly learned and accomplished scientist and physiologist, medicine wasn’t Granit’s first preference. As a young boy, Granit instead wanted to pursue a career in psychology. However, a chat with his uncle led him to study medicine which eventually became his preferred profession. Granit attained his bachelor degree and later doctorate degree in medicinefollowing which he started his career at the Oxford. It was at his alma mater (University of Helsinki) that Granit made some of the most significant scientific revelations and discoveries that transformed the science behind the visual world. In his career spanning two decades, Granit held important academic positions. He was the honorary member of various professional societies and academies. He retired from Karolinska Institute as Professor Emeritus in July, 1967. A patriotic Finn but a devoted Swedish as well, he quoted that his Nobel Prize belongs ‘fifty-fifty’ to both Sweden and Finland.