Born in La Grande, Oregon, he attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon and received his PhD in psychology from the University of Iowa in 1931 and earned a Doctor of Science degree from the University of Paris for research in neurobiology.
From 1946-64 he was Professor of Experimental Neurology at the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University and then from 1965-76 he was Professor of Neurophysiology, Université de Montréal. He did his most important research with Wilder Penfield at McGill University. He was a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was also a member of the Canadian Neurological Society and the Royal Society of Medicine. He wrote more than 350 scientific publications.
- In 1972 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
- In 1981 he was awarded the Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience.
- In 1985 he was awarded the McLaughlin Medal by the Royal Society of Canada.
- In 1995 he was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
- In 1995 he received the Albert Einstein World Award of Science
- In 1996 he was made a Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec.
- Herbert Henri Jasper (1906 – 1999): An Appreciation
- Herbert H. Jasper Fonds McGill University Library & Archives.
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