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Prof. dr. nob. Georg von Békésy, Nobel Laureate
Humanities and Social Sciences
Volume 8, Issue 5, September 2020, Pages: 143-146
Received: Jul. 13, 2020; Accepted: Aug. 3, 2020; Published: Sep. 3, 2020
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Janos Vincze, Health Human International Environment Foundation, Budapest, Hungary
Gabriella Vincze-Tiszay, Health Human International Environment Foundation, Budapest, Hungary
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Békésy organized his experiments with great care, and often sought the opinion of those around him. This points to a very important personality trait: I think he was fully aware of the limitations of his knowledge and was trying to expand them through discussions with others. Like Hungarian personalities who went abroad in general, he changed his first name to Georg (instead of György); he used the noble forename von characteristic for English, and this is how he appears in his dissertations. He used his surname in its Hungarian form, having accents on the letters é. In 1961, nobleman Georg von Békésy received the Nobel Prize in Medicine: “for his discoveries of the physical mechanisms of stimulation within the cochlea”. To be sure, Georg von Békésy is the only Nobel Laureate scientist in the entire history of the Nobel Prizes who bequeathed his collection of precious art objects and all the rest of his properties to the Nobel Foundation that he made his exclusive successor. For Békésy the Nobel Prize and the Nobel Foundation created by Alfred Nobel, were innovative products similar to Swedish steel. The essence of Békésy’s discovery is the clarification of the energy conversion process in the cochlea. He succeeded in designing measuring devices with which he could measure all the mechanical functions of the hearing organ, and express it with numerical data. At the end of the article we write the genealogy of Georg von Békésy.
Georg von Békésy, Nobel Prize, Genealogy, Audiology
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Janos Vincze, Gabriella Vincze-Tiszay, Prof. dr. nob. Georg von Békésy, Nobel Laureate, Humanities and Social Sciences. Vol. 8, No. 5, 2020, pp. 143-146. doi: 10.11648/j.hss.20200805.12
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