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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.

People here include everyone from Sam Harris to Aafia Siddiqui. Featuring famous neuroscientists of history and the present, this list has it all. 

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. 
Sam Harris is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Samuel Benjamin Harris (born April 9, 1967) is an American author, public intellectual, blogger, and podcast host primarily known for his criticism of religion, and Islam in particular. His ...more

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Gregory Berns is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Gregory S. Berns is an American neuroeconomist, neuroscientist, professor of psychiatry, psychologist and writer. He lives with his family in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.Berns holds the Distinguished ...more
Nayef Al-Rodhan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Nayef Al-Rodhan
Nayef R. F. Al-Rodhan is a philosopher, neuroscientist, geostrategist, and author. He is an Honorary Fellow of St. Antony’s College at Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom, Senior Fellow ...more
Robert Sapolsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Robert Morris Sapolsky (born April 6, 1957) is an American neuroendocrinologist and author. He is currently a professor of biology, and professor of neurology and neurological sciences and, by ...more
Antonio Damasio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Antonio Damasio (Portuguese: António Damásio) is a Portuguese-American neuroscientist. He is currently the David Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience, as well as Professor of Psychology, ...more
Eric Kandel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Eric Richard Kandel (German: [ˈkandəl]; born November 7, 1929) is an Austrian-American medical doctor who specialized in Psychiatry, a neuroscientist and a University Professor of biochemistry ...more
David Eagleman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
David Eagleman (born April 25, 1971) is an American neuroscientist, author, and science communicator. He teaches as an adjunct professor at Stanford University and is CEO of NeoSensory, a ...more
Christof Koch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Christof Koch (; born November 13, 1956) is a German-American neuroscientist best known for his work on the neural bases of consciousness. He is the president and chief scientist of the Allen ...more
Daniel Levitin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Daniel Joseph Levitin, FRSC (born December 27, 1957) is an American-Canadian cognitive psychologist, neuroscientist, writer, musician, and record producer. Levitin holds three academic ...more
Aafia Siddiqui is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
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, ...more
Arnold J. Mandell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Arnold J. Mandell
Arnold J. Mandell is an American neuroscientist and psychiatrist. Born in 1934, in Chicago, Illinois, he received his M.D. from Tulane University in 1958. Founding chairman in 1969 of the ...more
Michael Gazzaniga is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Michael S. Gazzaniga (born December 12, 1939) 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 ...more
Nancy Kopell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Nancy Kopell
Nancy Jane Kopell (born November 8, 1942, New York City) is an American mathematician and professor at Boston University. She is co-director of the Center for Computational Neuroscience and ...more
Susan Hockfield is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
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. ...more
Susan Greenfield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
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 ...more
Lu Chen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Lu Chen
Lu Chen (Chinese: 陈路) is a Chinese-born American neuroscientist, who is an Professor of Neurosurgery, and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and is a member of the ...more
Vilayanur S. Ramachandra... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Vilayanur Subramanian Ramachandran (born 10 August 1951) is an Indian-American neuroscientist Ramachandran is known for his wide-ranging experiments and theories in behavioral neurology, ...more
Francisco Varela is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Francisco Javier Varela García (September 7, 1946 – May 28, 2001) was a Chilean biologist, philosopher, and neuroscientist who, together with his mentor Humberto Maturana, is best known ...more
Andrew B. Newberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
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 ...more
Joseph E. LeDoux is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Joseph E. LeDoux (born December 7, 1949) is an American neuroscientist whose research is primarily focused on survival circuits, including their impacts on emotions such as fear and anxiety. ...more
Solomon H. Snyder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Solomon Halbert Snyder (born December 26, 1938) is an American neuroscientist who is known for wide-ranging contributions to neuropharmacology and neurochemistry. He studied at Georgetown ...more
Colin Blakemore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Sir Colin Brian Blakemore, (born 1 June 1944), is a British neurobiologist, specialising in vision and the development of the brain, who is Professor of Neuroscience and Philosophy in the School ...more
Michael Merzenich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Michael M. Merzenich (born 1942 in Lebanon, Oregon) is a professor emeritus neuroscientist at the University of California, San Francisco. His contributions to the field are numerous. He took ...more
Fred Gage is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Fred "Rusty" Gage (born October 8, 1950) is Adler Professor in the Laboratory of Genetics at the Salk Institute, and has concentrated on the adult central nervous system and the ...more
Paul Greengard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Paul Greengard (December 11, 1925 – April 13, 2019) was an American neuroscientist best known for his work on the molecular and cellular function of neurons. In 2000, Greengard, Arvid Carlsson ...more