Ragnar Granit

About Ragnar Granit

Who is it?: Physiologist
Birth Day: October 30, 1900
Birth Place: Riihimäki, Finland, Russian Empire, Swedish
Residence: Finland, Sweden
Citizenship: Finnish (1900–1941) Swedish (1941–1991)
Alma mater: University of Helsinki
Awards: Björkénska priset (1948) ForMemRS (1960) Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1967)
Fields: Physiology
Institutions: Karolinska Institutet

Ragnar Granit

Ragnar Granit was born on October 30, 1900 in Riihimäki, Finland, Russian Empire, Swedish, is Physiologist. Ragnar Granit was a Finnish-Swedish scientist who was felicitated with the highly-esteemed Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1967 for his discovery concerning the primary physiological and chemical visual processes in the eye. He was a co-recipient of the award and shared it with HaldanKeffer Hartline and George Wald. Interestingly, a highly learned and accomplished scientist and physiologist, medicine wasn’t Granit’s first preference. As a young boy, Granit instead wanted to pursue a career in psychology. However, a chat with his uncle led him to study medicine which eventually became his preferred profession. Granit attained his bachelor degree and later doctorate degree in medicinefollowing which he started his career at the Oxford. It was at his alma mater (University of Helsinki) that Granit made some of the most significant scientific revelations and discoveries that transformed the science behind the visual world. In his career spanning two decades, Granit held important academic positions. He was the honorary member of various professional societies and academies. He retired from Karolinska Institute as Professor Emeritus in July, 1967. A patriotic Finn but a devoted Swedish as well, he quoted that his Nobel Prize belongs ‘fifty-fifty’ to both Sweden and Finland.
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Does Ragnar Granit Dead or Alive?

As per our current Database, Ragnar Granit has been died on March 12, 1991(1991-03-12) (aged 90)\nStockholm, Sweden.

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When Ragnar Granit die, Ragnar Granit was 90 years old.

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Occupation Scientists
Age 90 years old
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Born October 30, 1900 (Riihimäki, Finland, Russian Empire, Swedish)
Birthday October 30
Town/City Riihimäki, Finland, Russian Empire, Swedish
Nationality Swedish

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Ragnar Granit’s zodiac sign is Scorpio. According to astrologers, Scorpio-born are passionate and assertive people. They are determined and decisive, and will research until they find out the truth. Scorpio is a great leader, always aware of the situation and also features prominently in resourcefulness. Scorpio is a Water sign and lives to experience and express emotions. Although emotions are very important for Scorpio, they manifest them differently than other water signs. In any case, you can be sure that the Scorpio will keep your secrets, whatever they may be.

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Ragnar Granit was born in the Year of the Rat. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rat are quick-witted, clever, charming, sharp and funny. They have excellent taste, are a good friend and are generous and loyal to others considered part of its pack. Motivated by money, can be greedy, is ever curious, seeks knowledge and welcomes challenges. Compatible with Dragon or Monkey.

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Awards and nominations:

Granit was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) in 1960 and awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1967. Granit said that he was a "fifty-fifty" Finnish and Swedish Nobel laureate.



Granit graduated in 1927 from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Helsinki, Finland.


When Finland became the target of a massive Soviet attack in 1940 during the Winter War (1939–1940), Granit sought refuge – and peaceful surroundings for his studies and research work – in the neighbouring capital of Sweden, Stockholm, at the age of 40.


In the next year, 1941, Granit also received Swedish citizenship, which made it possible for him to go on with his work and live without having to worry about the war, which lasted until 1945 in Finland. Granit remained a patriotic Finn throughout his life. After the Finnish-Russian Wars, Granit kept homes both in Finland and Sweden. He and his wife are buried in Korpo, Finland.


Granit was professor of neurophysiology at the Karolinska Institutet from 1946 to his retirement in 1967.


Granit was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) in 1960 and awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1967. Granit said that he was a "fifty-fifty" Finnish and Swedish Nobel laureate.

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