1875 – Carlson was born in Sweden on the 29th of January.
1902-1904 – He received a doctorate in physiology at Stanford and began working at the University of Chicago.
– He conducted experiments on Fred Vlcek, similar to those conducted on Alexis St. Martin by William Beaumont, regarding his gastric fistula.
1916 – Carlson became chairman of the physiology department at the University of Chicago.
1923-1925 – Carlson was president of the American Physiological Society.
1944 – Carlson was president of the AAAS.
1953 – Carlson was the first person to receive the American Humanist Association’s Humanist of the Year award.
1956 – He died on the 2nd of September.