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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
Sam Harris 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. ...more

Gregory Berns is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Gregory Berns Distinguished Chair of Neuroeconomics at Emory University.

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 Sapolsky 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 ...more

Antonio Damasio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Antonio Damasio 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 ...more

Eric Kandel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Eric Kandel 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 ...more

David Eagleman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
David Eagleman 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 ...more

Christof Koch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Christof Koch 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. ...more

Daniel Levitin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Daniel Levitin 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 ...more

Aafia Siddiqui is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Aafia Siddiqui 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 ...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. He received his M.D. from Tulane University in 1958. Founding chairman in 1969 of the Department of Psychiatry at the University ...more

Michael Gazzaniga is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Michael Gazzaniga 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 ...more

Nancy Kopell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
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 ...more

Susan Hockfield is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Susan Hockfield 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 ...more

Susan Greenfield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Susan Greenfield 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 ...more

Lu Chen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
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 ...more

Vilayanur S. Ramachandran is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Vilayanur S. Ramachandran 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 ...more

Francisco Varela is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Francisco Varela Francisco Javier Varela García was a Chilean biologist, philosopher, and neuroscientist who, together with his teacher Humberto Maturana, is best known for introducing the concept of ...more

Andrew B. Newberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Andrew B. Newberg 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 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 ...more

Solomon H. Snyder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Solomon H. Snyder 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 ...more

Colin Blakemore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Colin Blakemore Sir Colin Brian Blakemore, FRS, FMedSci, is a British neurobiologist, specialising in vision and the development of the brain, who is Professor of Neuroscience and Philosophy in the School of ...more

Michael Merzenich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Michael Merzenich Michael M. Merzenich is a professor emeritus neuroscientist at the University of California, San Francisco. His contributions to the field are numerous. He took the sensory cortex maps developed ...more

Fred Gage is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Fred Gage Fred "Rusty" Gage is Adler Professor in the Laboratory of Genetics at the Salk Institute, and has concentrated on the adult central nervous system and the unexpected plasticity and ...more

Paul Greengard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Paul Greengard Paul Greengard is an American neuroscientist best known for his work on the molecular and cellular function of neurons. In 2000, Greengard, Arvid Carlsson and Eric Kandel were awarded the Nobel ...more

David Heeger is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
David Heeger David J. Heeger is an American professor of psychology and neural science at New York University whose research spans a cross-section of engineering, psychology, and neuroscience. In the fields ...more

Jean-Pierre Changeux is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Jean-Pierre Changeux Jean-Pierre Changeux is a French neuroscientist known for his research in several fields of biology, from the structure and function of proteins, to the early development of the nervous system ...more

Marian Diamond is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Marian Diamond 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 ...more

Billi Gordon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Billi Gordon Billi Gordon is an actress.

Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, possibly Amiri-Moghadam, is a Norwegian-Iranian neuroscientist and human rights advocate. Amiry-Moghaddam spent his first few years in the city of Kerman about 1000 ...more

Read Montague is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Read Montague Read Montague is an American neuroscientist and popular science author. He is the director of the Human Neuroimaging Lab and Computational Psychiatry Unit at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research ...more

Feng Zhang is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Feng Zhang Feng Zhang, Ph.D., is the W. M. Keck Career Development Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the departments of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts ...more

Miguel Nicolelis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Miguel Nicolelis Miguel Ângelo Laporta Nicolelis, MD, PhD, is a Brazilian scientist and physician, best known for his pioneering work in "reading monkey thought". He and his colleagues at Duke ...more

Ryuta Kawashima is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Ryuta Kawashima Ryuta Kawashima is a Japanese neuroscientist known for his appearances in the Brain Training/Brain Age series of video games for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS.

Henry Markram is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Henry Markram Henry Markram is an israeli Professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland and director of both the Blue Brain Project and the Human Brain

Simon LeVay is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Simon LeVay Simon LeVay is a British-American neuroscientist. He is renowned for his studies about brain structures and sexual orientation.

James McGaugh is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
James McGaugh James L. McGaugh is an American neurobiologist working in the field of learning and memory. He is currently a Research Professor at the University of California, Irvine.

Stanislas Dehaene is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Stanislas Dehaene Stanislas Dehaene is a professor at the Collège de France, author, and director of INSERM Unit 562, "Cognitive Neuroimaging. He has worked on a number of topics, including numerical ...more

Huda Akil is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Huda Akil Huda Akil is a neuroscientist whose pioneering research has contributed to the understanding of the neurobiology of emotions. She is the co-director of the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience ...more

Jon Driver is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Jon Driver Jonathon Stevens "Jon" Driver, FMedSci, FBA was a psychologist and neuroscientist.

Richard Davidson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Richard Davidson Richard J. Davidson is professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison as well as founder and chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman

Jaak Panksepp is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Jaak Panksepp Jaak Panksepp appeared in the 2013 documentary film Project Wild Thing.

Susumu Hagiwara is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Susumu Hagiwara Susumu Hagiwara was a Japanese-born American physician and neuroscientist. Hagiwara was born and raised in Hokkaido, Japan, attending the University of Tokyo for his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. He ...more

Laura-Ann Petitto is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Laura-Ann Petitto Laura-Ann Petitto is a cognitive neuroscientist and a developmental cognitive neuroscientist, known for her discoveries involving the language capacity of chimpanzees, the biological bases of ...more

Vladimir Bukovsky is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Vladimir Bukovsky Vladimir Konstantinovich Bukovsky is a leading member of the dissident movement of the 1960s and 1970s, writer, neurophysiologist, and political activist known for his struggle against political ...more

William Newsome is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
William Newsome William T. Newsome is a neuroscientist at Stanford University who works to "understand the neuronal processes that mediate visual perception and visually guided behavior." He is a ...more

Gianvito Martino is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Gianvito Martino Gianvito Martino is an Italian neuroscientist.

Edward Byrne is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Edward Byrne Edward Byrne AC is a neuroscientist and university administrator currently serving as Principal of King's College London, having previously served as Vice-Chancellor of Monash University.

Gina G. Turrigiano is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Gina G. Turrigiano Gina G. Turrigiano is an American neuroscientist, and Professor of Biology and of the Volen National Center for Complex Systems, at Brandeis University. She graduated from Reed College, B.A.,and ...more

Greg Detre is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Neuroscientists
Greg Detre Greg Detre is a neuroscientist, software architect and the founder of Memrise.