President Torsten N. Wiesel's presidency will be honored with the creation of the Torsten N. Wiesel Professorship. The professorship, which recognizes Wiesel's leadership throughout a period of growth and revitalization, was announced Thurs., Nov. 19 by Board Chairman Emeritus Richard Furlaud at a dinner held in Wiesel's honor at the Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center. Members of the Board of Trustees and other leading benefactors of the university contributed gifts totalling $5.4 million to endow the chair.
"The usual grant required to endow a university professorship is $3 million, but the Board wanted this to be a special chair," said Furlaud. "We set our sights on $5 million and exceeded it." Three million dollars will be designated as endowment, and $2.4 million will be used to construct and equip a modern laboratory facility.
The Torsten N. Wiesel Professorship will be reserved for an outstanding senior scientist recruited from outside the university.
Wiesel joined Rockefeller in 1983 as Vincent and Brooke Astor Professor and head of the Laboratory of Neurobiology and took office as president of the university in January 1992. Under his leadership 30 new laboratories conducting vanguard research in key areas of biology, chemistry and physics have been added, and the renowned Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center joined with Rockefeller in 1996. In addition, the operating budget has been balanced, and $190 million in private gifts and grants has been raised.
Wiesel is one of 19 Nobel Prize winners affiliated with The Rockefeller University. He received the prize in 1981 for studies of how visual information collected by the retina is transmitted to and processed in the visual cortex of the brain.
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