Murray Hill , New Jersey
55 at time of award
December 31, 2003
Published February 1, 1983

About Bela's Work

Bela Julesz, was an experimental psychologist, an educator, and a communications engineer, who studied human vision, particularly binocular depth, motion, and texture perception.

Julesz pioneered the use of computer-generated textures with controlled statistical and geometrical properties, such as random-dot stereograms and cinematograms.  He showed that many human perceptual processes are much simpler than previously assumed since they can operate without form recognition.  He summarized these techniques, which permit early diagnosis of infant stereoblindness, in his monograph, Foundations of Cyclopean Perception (1971).  He was also the author of Dialogues on Perception (1994).


Julesz was a State of New Jersey Professor of Psychology and the director of the Laboratory of Vision Research at Rutgers University.  Prior to these appointments, he did research for thirty-two years at AT&T Bell Laboratories as head of the sensory, perceptual, and neurophysiological research departments, until his retirement in 1989.  He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He was a recipient of the Dr. H. P. Heineken Prize (1985) from the Royal Netherlands Academy and the Lashley Award (1990) from the American Philosophical Society.

Julesz received a Ph.D. (1956) from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Last updated January 1, 2005.

Select News Coverage of Bela Julesz
January 5, 2012
"How Do Magic Eye Pictures Work?"
Mental Floss
Bela Julesz , 1983 MacArthur Fellow
January 12, 2004
"Bela Julesz, 75, Neuroscientist Who Studied How Brain Sees"
The New York Times
Bela Julesz , 1983 MacArthur Fellow
More Fellows

View All 1983 Fellows

Stay Informed
Sign up for periodic news updates and event invitations.
Connect with us on social media or view all of our social media content in one place.

The privacy of your data is important to us. We've updated our privacy policies in response to General Data Protection Regulation.