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Frederic A. Gibbs

Frederic A. Gibbs

American neurologist
Frederic A. Gibbs
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Intro American neurologist
Was Neuroscientist Professor Educator Neurologist
From United States of America
Type Academia Healthcare Science
Gender male
Birth 9 February 1903
Death 18 October 1992, Northbrook, USA (aged 89 years)
Star sign Aquarius
Spouse: Erna L. Gibbs
Yale University
Johns Hopkins University
Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award 1951
E. Mead Johnson Award 1939
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Frederic Andrews Gibbs (1903–1992) was an American neurologist who was a pioneer in the use of electroencephalography (EEG) for the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy.

Gibbs graduated from Yale and Johns Hopkins in 1929. He was offered a fellowship in neuropathology by Stanley Cobb, of Harvard Medical School. He studied epilepsy in the same laboratory as William G. Lennox and Erna Leonhardt.

Erna Leonhardt was Lennox's technical co-worker and had come to Boston as an immigrant from Germany. She married Gibbs in 1930 and they formed a research team that would last a lifetime, publishing papers together over the next fifty-odd years.

The electroencephalograph was primitive in the early 1930s, having only one channel. In 1935, Gibbs asked Albert Grass (an MIT graduate) to build a 3-channel EEG. Grass built the machine in his father's basement with the help of his brother. In the same year, Erna and Frederic Gibbs travelled to Europe to attend a conference and visit Hans Berger, the inventor of the EEG.

In 1944, they moved to University of Illinois School of Medicine, and Frederic Gibbs was promoted to professor in the epilepsy clinic.

The Gibbs published the book "Atlas of electroencephalography" in 1941, with a second edition in 1951. Their book valued the subjective and experienced eye of an electroencephalographer over objective mechanical or mathematical analysis.

Frederic Gibbs was jointly (with William Lennox) awarded the Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research in 1951.

Erna Gibbs died in 1987.


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  2. ^ Steven J. Zottoli (2001). "The Origins of The Grass Foundation" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-02-23. Retrieved 2006-02-24.
  3. ^ Caroline A Jones (ed), Peter Louis Galison (ed) (June 1998). Picturing Science Producing Art. Routledge. pp. 334–336. ISBN 0-415-91912-6.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
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