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Famous Female Neuroscientists

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List of famous female neuroscientists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female neuroscientists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being neuroscientists. There are thousand of females working as neuroscientists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic neuroscientists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a neuroscientist then the people below should give you inspiration.

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While this isn't a list of all female neuroscientists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female neuroscientists?" and "Who are the best female neuroscientists?"
  • Aafia Siddiqui
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    Aafia Siddiqui ( (listen); Urdu: عافیہ صدیقی‎; born 2 March 1972) is a Pakistani neuroscientist with degrees from MIT and Brandeis University, who was convicted of multiple felonies. In 2010, she was convicted of seven counts of attempted murder and assault of US personnel, and is serving her 86-year sentence at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas.Siddiqui was born in Pakistan to a Deobandi Muslim family. In 1990, she went to study in the United States and obtained a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Brandeis University in 2001. She returned to Pakistan for a time following the 9/11 attacks and again in 2003 during the war in Afghanistan. Khalid Sheikh Muhammad reportedly...  more
    • Age: 48
    • Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan
  • Susan Hockfield
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    Susan Hockfield (born March 24, 1951) is an American neuroscientist who from December 2004 through June 2012 served as the sixteenth president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Hockfield succeeded Charles M. Vest and was succeeded by L. Rafael Reif, who had served in her administration as Provost. Hockfield was the first biologist and the first woman to serve as the Institute's president. Hockfield, Professor of Neuroscience in MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, is a director of General Electric and of Qualcomm. She is an overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a trustee of the Carnegie...  more
    • Age: 69
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
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    Susan Greenfield

    Susan Adele Greenfield, Baroness Greenfield, (born 1 October 1950) is a British scientist, writer, broadcaster, and member of the House of Lords. Her research has focused on the treatment of Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. She is also interested in the neuroscience of consciousness and the impact of technology on the brain.Greenfield is a senior research fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford University, and was a professor of Synaptic Pharmacology.She was also chancellor of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh between 2005 and 2013. From 1998 to 2010, she was director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. In September 2013, she co-founded the biotech company Neuro-bio Ltd,...  more
    • Age: 70
    • Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England
  • Marian Cleeves Diamond, Ph.D. is a professor of anatomy at the University of California, Berkeley who has published research into the neuroanatomy of the forebrain, notably the discovery of the impact of the environment on brain development, the differences between the cerebral cortex of male and female rats, and the likely link between positive thinking and immune health....  more
    • Age: 93