No Retirement, Many Discoveries for Dr. Ichiji Tasaki

Friday, May 22, 2015

Few scientists have made as many important discoveries as Dr. Ichiji Tasaki, shown here with his wife and lab partner Nobuko, using many instruments that he made or modified himself. He discovered the function of myelin insulation on nerve cells and explained why nerve impulses are so fast. He clarified how the inner ear turns sound into impulses that the brain can interpret, and pioneered how to observe physical changes in nerves with a method to control the internal and extracellular chemical milieu in axons.

Tasaki never retired and worked until his death at the age of 98. Read more about Dr. Tasaki's long and eventful life.