Róbert Bárány

Róbert Bárány

Róbert Bárány
Robert Bárány
Born (1876-04-22)22 April 1876
Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Died 8 April 1936(1936-04-08) (aged 59)
Uppsala, Sweden
Nationality Austro-Hungarian
Fields Medicine
Institutions Uppsala University
Alma mater Vienna University
Notable awards Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1914)

Róbert Bárány (22 April 1876 – 8 April 1936) was an Austro-Hungarian otologist.[1][2] He received the 1914 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on the physiology and pathology of the vestibular apparatus.[3]


  • Life and career 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • Sources 4
  • External links 5

Life and career

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 Ignáz Bárány, born 1842 in Várpalota, who was a bank official and estate manager.[4] His parents were Hungarian Jews.

He attended medical school at cerebellum.

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."[5] 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.[6] From 1917 until his death he was professor at Uppsala University Faculty of Medicine.

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.

See also


  1. ^ Robert Bárány. (2009). In Encyclopædia Britannica.
  2. ^ Fred Ashley White (2009). Physical Signs in Medicine and Surgery: An Atlas of Rare, Lost and Forgotten Physical Signs. Museum Press Books. p. 37.  
  3. ^ Eastern Europe: an introduction to the people, lands, and culture Volume 1 – Page 394 Richard C. Frucht – 2005 " Hungarian or Hungarian-Born Winners of the Nobel Prize The physicist Fülöp Lénárd was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in 1905 for his work on cathode rays. Róbert Bárány received the 1914 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine "
  4. ^ Visual Education Corporation (1987). Nobel prize winners: an H.W. Wilson biographical dictionary. H.W. Wilson.  
  5. ^  
  6. ^ Carl-Magnus Stolt (2002) "Why did Freud never receive the Nobel Prize?" in: Elisabeth Crawford (ed.) Historical Studies in the Nobel Archives. The Prizes in Science and Medicine, Uppsala: Universal Academy Press. pp. 95–106


  • Nobel Lectures, Physiology or Medicine 1901–1921. Amsterdam: Elsevier Publishing Company. 1967. 

External links

  • Robert Bárány – Biography at Nobelprize.org