Anders Lundberg (1920–2009)
Anders Lundberg passed away in his home in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 18 May 2009. He was nearly 89 years old. During his long and remarkable scientific career, Anders Lundberg literally revolutionized our understanding of how the spinal cord and brain interact to generate and control movement.
Lundberg studied at Lund University in the 1940s. He received his MD degree in 1947, but his interest was already focused on research and as a student he had begun to work on the autonomic nervous system at the Department of Physiology with Georg Kahlson. From 1946 he was affiliated with the Nobel Institute of Neurophysiology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm under the directorship of Ragnar Granit where he analyzed electrical properties of axons. This work resulted in his PhD-thesis (1948) entitled “Potassium and thermal sensitivity of mammalian nerves”. Half a year later, he left for New York to continue this line of research in the laboratory of Raphael Lorente de Nó, at the Rockefeller...
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