List of Famous Neuroscientists People

List of Famous Neuroscientists

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List of famous neuroscientists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top neuroscientists in the world? This includes the most prominent neuroscientists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable neuroscientists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic neuroscientists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned neuroscientists.

Items here include everything from Sam Harris to Aafia Siddiqui.

From reputable, prominent, and well known neuroscientists to the lesser known neuroscientists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the neuroscientist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous neuroscientists ever?" and "What are the names of famous neuroscientists?" then you're in the right place. (67 items)


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    Samuel B. "Sam" Harris is an American author, philosopher, neuroscientist, and the co-founder and chief executive of Project Reason, a non-profit that promotes science and secularism. He is the author of The End of Faith, which was published in 2004 and appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Neuroscientist, Author, Science writer, Writer, Philosopher
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    Gregory Berns
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    Distinguished Chair of Neuroeconomics at Emory University.more

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    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Psychiatrist, Professor, Psychologist, Scientist, Neuroscientist, + more
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    Robert Sapolsky
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    Robert Maurice Sapolsky is an American neuroendocrinologist, professor of biology, neuroscience, and neurosurgery at Stanford University, researcher and author. He is currently a Professor of Biological Sciences, and Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences and, by courtesy, Neurosurgery, at ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Biologist, Professor, Neuroendocrinologist, Scientist, Neuroscientist, + more
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    Antonio Damasio is a Portuguese-American neuroscientist/neurobiologist. He is a University Professor and David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Southern California, an Adjunct Professor at the Salk Institute, and the author of several books describing his scientific thinking. "As ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
    • Profession: Professor, Neuroscientist, Author, Science writer
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    Eric Richard Kandel is an American neuropsychiatrist. He was a recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research on the physiological basis of memory storage in neurons. He shared the prize with Arvid Carlsson and Paul Greengard. Kandel, who had studied psychoanalysis, wanted ...more

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    • Age: age 86
    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
    • Profession: Psychiatrist, Professor, Neuroscientist
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    David Eagleman
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    David Eagleman is an American neuroscientist and writer at Baylor College of Medicine, where he directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action and the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. He is best known for his published work on time perception, synesthesia, and neurolaw. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, a ...more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America
    • Profession: Psychologist, Scientist, Neuroscientist, Author, Writer
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    Christof Koch
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    Christof Koch is an American neuroscientist best known for his work on the neural bases of consciousness. He is the Chief Scientific Officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle. From 1986 until 2013, he was a professor at the California Institute of Technology.more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Professor, Scientist, Neuroscientist
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    Daniel Levitin
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    Daniel Joseph Levitin, PhD, FRSC, is an American cognitive psychologist, neuroscientist, best-selling author, musician and record producer. He is James McGill Professor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with additional appointments in music ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Journalist, Professor, Musician, Scientist, + more
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    Aafia Siddiqui
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    Aafia Siddiqui is a Pakistani who studied neuroscience in the United States. She immigrated to the US in 1990 and obtained a Ph.D. from Brandeis University in 2001. In early 2003, during the 2001 Afghanistan War caused by a conflict between United States and Al-Qaeda, Siddiqui returned to Pakistan. In ...more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan
    • Profession: Scientist, Neuroscientist
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    Arnold J. Mandell

    Arnold J. Mandell is an American neuroscientist and psychiatrist. He received his M.D. from Tulane University in 1958. Founding chairman in 1969 of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, he was, at the time of his appointment, the youngest physician ever appointed as a ...more

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    • Age: age 81
    • Profession: Psychiatrist, Neuroscientist
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    Michael Gazzaniga
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    Michael S. Gazzaniga is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he heads the new SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind. He is one of the leading researchers in cognitive neuroscience, the study of the neural basis of mind. He is a member of the American Academy of ...more

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Professor, Scientist, Neuroscientist
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    Nancy Kopell

    Nancy Jane Kopell is an American mathematician, William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor at Boston University, Director of the Cognitive Rhythms Collaborative, and Co-Director of the Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology. She grew up in the Bronx. She graduated from Cornell ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Mathematician, Neuroscientist
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    Susan Hockfield
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    Susan Hockfield has served as the sixteenth president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since December 2004. A strong advocate of the vital role that science, technology, and the research university play in the world, she believes that MIT can best advance its historic mission of teaching, ...more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Educator, Neuroscientist
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    Susan Adele Greenfield, Baroness Greenfield, CBE, HonFRCP is a British scientist, writer, broadcaster, and member of the House of Lords. Her research is to identify a novel approach to the treatment of Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. She is also interested in the neuroscience of ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: College Administrator, Professor, Scientist, Neuroscientist, Author, + more
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    Lu Chen

    Lu Chen is a Chinese-American neuroscientist, who is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and is a member of the Stanford Neurosciences Institute. She was previously an Associate Professor of Neurobiology and a member of the Helen ...more

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    • Profession: Neuroscientist
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    Vilayanur Subramanian Ramachandran is a neuroscientist known primarily for his work in the fields of behavioral neurology and visual psychophysics. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Graduate Program in Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego.more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, India, Tamil Nadu
    • Profession: Psychologist, Scientist, Neuroscientist
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    Francisco Varela
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    Francisco Javier Varela GarcĂ­a was a Chilean biologist, philosopher, and neuroscientist who, together with his teacher Humberto Maturana, is best known for introducing the concept of autopoiesis to biology, and for co-founding the Mind and Life Institute to promote dialog between science and Buddhism.more

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    • Age: Died at 55 (1946-2001)
    • Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
    • Profession: Biologist, Neuroscientist, Writer, Philosopher
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    Andrew Newberg, M.D. is an American neuroscientist who is the Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, an Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies and an Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Scientist, Neuroscientist
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    Joseph E. LeDoux
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    Joseph E. LeDoux is a neuroscientist, the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science, and professor of neuroscience and psychology at New York University. He is also the director of the Center for the Neuroscience of Fear and Anxiety, a multi-university Center in New York City devoted to using animal ...more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Profession: Professor, Psychologist, Neuroscientist
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    Solomon H. Snyder
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    Solomon H. Snyder is an American neuroscientist from Washington D.C., who spent most of his time researching addiction and its effects on the brain. Many advances in molecular neuroscience have stemmed from Dr. Snyder's identification of receptors for neurotransmitters and drugs and elucidation of the ...more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Professor, Scientist, Neuroscientist

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