Róbert Bárány

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Who is it?: Otologist
Birth Day: April 22, 1876
Birth Place: Vienna, Austria, Austrian
Died On: 8 April 1936(1936-04-08) (aged 59)\nUppsala, Sweden
Birth Sign: Taurus
Alma mater: Vienna University
Awards: Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1914)
Fields: Medicine
Institutions: Uppsala University

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Róbert Bárány was born on April 22, 1876 in Vienna, Austria, Austrian, is Otologist. Róbert Bárány was an Austro-Hungarian otologist whose work on physiology and pathology of the human vestibular apparatus that is the sensory system of the inner ear won him the ‘Nobel Prize for Physiology’ or Medicine in 1914. During the ‘First World War’, he served as a civilian surgeon for the Austrian Army and when the ‘Nobel Prize’ was conferred upon him in 1914, he was captured and held as a prisoner by the Russian Army in a war camp prison. He could receive the award in 1916. New tests were conceived by Bárány for detection of vestibular ailments and for investigating the activities of one of the regions of the brain called cerebellum and its connection with disruption of equilibrium. Since 1917 until his death he served the ‘Uppsala University, first as a physicist and later as the Professor and Director of the Otology Department of the university. During the later stage of his life he examined the reasons for muscular rheumatism. He received several awards and recognition including the title of ‘Dozent’ in 1909, the ‘ERB Medal’ by the ‘German Neurological Society’ in 1913 and the ‘Guyot Prize’ in 1914.
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Bárány was born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He was the eldest of six children of the former Maria Hock, the daughter of a scientist, and Ignác Bárány, born 1842 in Várpalota, who was a bank official and estate manager. His parents were Hungarian Jews.


He attended medical school at Vienna University, graduating in 1900. As a Doctor in Vienna, Bárány was syringing fluid into the external auditory canal of a patient to relieve the patient's dizzy spells. The patient experienced vertigo and nystagmus (involuntary eye movement) when Bárány injected fluid that was too cold. In response, Bárány warmed the fluid for the patient and the patient experienced nystagmus in the opposite direction. Bárány theorized that the endolymph was sinking when it was cool and rising when it was warm, and thus the direction of flow of the endolymph was providing the proprioceptive signal to the vestibular organ. He followed up on this observation with a series of experiments on what he called the caloric reaction. The research resulting from his observations made surgical treatment of vestibular organ diseases possible. Bárány also investigated other aspects of equilibrium control, including the function of the cerebellum.


Bárány died shortly before his sixtieth birthday in Uppsala. He was the father of physician and Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences member Ernst Bárány (1910–1991) and grandfather of Physicist Anders Bárány, former secretary of the Nobel Committee for Physics.


He served with the Austrian army during World War I as a civilian surgeon and was captured by the Russian Army. When his Nobel Prize was awarded in 1914, Bárány was in a Russian prisoner of war camp. In response to his receiving the prize, Sigmund Freud wrote in 1915: "The granting of the Nobel Prize to Bárány, whom I refused to take as a pupil some years ago because he seemed to be too abnormal, has aroused sad thoughts about how helpless an individual is about gaining the respect of the crowd." Bárány was released from the prisoner of war camp in 1916 following diplomatic negotiations with Russia conducted by Prince Carl of Sweden and the Red Cross. He was then able to attend the Nobel Prize awards ceremony in 1916, where he was awarded his prize. Virtually as soon as he was awarded the Nobel Prize, in January 1917, he, with the automatic qualification for making such proposals that comes with being a Prize Winner, proposed to the Nobel Committee in Physiology or Medicine that Sigmund Freud should be awarded the Prize. From 1917 until his death he was professor at Uppsala University Faculty of Medicine.