Selig Hecht: Frederick Ives Medalist, 1941

John N. Howard

Selig Hecht, recipient of the 1941 Frederick Ives Medal, was known for his substantial contributions to the study of photoreception and vision. One of his most famous findings was his determination that a minimum of 5-14 photons are required to produce a visual response in the human eye.

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Selig Hecht (1892-1947) was born in the village of Glogow, Austria (now Poland) and came to America as a young boy. He attended public schools in New York City’s lower east side neighborhood and was known as a hard-working and bright student. He spent his last summer vacation before college at the Bureau of Fisheries in Beaufort, N.C. In 1913, he earned a degree in biology at the City College of New York.

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Publish Date: 01 March 2012

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