Hair Cell Rock and Roll

Taking off a bit on last week’s controversy between Thomas Gold and Georg von Bekesy , rivals on their respective sides of the argument of passive versus resonance theories of  cochlear mechanics.  While researching last week’s Hearing International,  I came across an interesting discussion of hair cell electromotility.   Recall that the predominate cochlear mechanics theory of the 1950s, 1960s…

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The Von Bekesy – Gold Controversy

While both of these renown American scientists were foreign born, they both emigrated to the US furthering their already stellar scientific careers.   Georg von Bekesy (1899-1972), a Hungarian citizen, he had moved to the United States in 1947 after working in various European laboratories and found himself at the Harvard University in the Psycho-Acoustic Laboratory. At the time, the labs…

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