Walter, William Grey

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Walter, William Grey


Born Feb. 19, 1910, in Kansas City, Mo., USA; died May 6, 1977. British neurophysiologist.

Walter graduated from Cambridge University in 1931. From 1939 to 1975 he was head of the research department of the Burden Neurological Institute in Bristol. Walter was one of the founders of electroencephalography; he discovered the delta waves in electroencephalograms in cases of brain tumor, as well as alpha waves and theta waves—the latter being waves that accompany emotional reactions. Walter also constructed models of the nerve and of the central nervous system and invented the very simple early types of cybernetic self-teaching models, specifically “Walter’s turtles.”


In Russian translation:
Zhivoi mozg. Moscow, 1966.


Poletaev, I. A. Signal. Moscow, 1958.
Delgado, J. Mozg i soznanie. Moscow, 1971. (Translated from English.)
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