Roger Wolcott Sperry
Roger Sperry was born in 1913 in Hartford and grew up in West Hartford, where he visited the West Hartford High School. Using a scholarship, he studied at Oberlin College, which in 1935 he graduated with a BA in English, whereupon his master followed at the same institution in Psychology. Finally, he earned his PhD in zoology at the University of Chicago in 1941. He then spent several years at Harvard University and the Yerkes Laboratory for Primate Biology in Florida, before returning as a professor at the University of Chicago.
From 1954 to 1984 he was professor of psychobiology at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
For his research on split-brain patients, he was awarded the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
In 1973 he received the Passano Award and the 1979 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research and the Ralph W. Gerard Prize -.