John O'Keefe (neuroscientist)

John O'Keefe

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John O'Keefe in September 2014
Born (1939-11-18) November 18, 1939 (age 80)
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom, United States
Alma materCity College of New York
McGill University
Known forDiscovering place cells
AwardsNobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2014)
Kavli Prize (2014)
Physiological Society Annual Review Prize Lecture (2016)
Scientific career
FieldsNeuroscience
InstitutionsUniversity College London
Response properties of amygdalar units in the freely moving cat (1967)
Doctoral advisorRonald Melzack
Notable studentsNeil Burgess (postdoc)[1]
WebsiteWebsite at UCL

John O'Keefe, FRS FMedSci (born November 18, 1939) is an American-British neuroscientist and a professor at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour and the Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at University College London. He discovered place cells in the hippocampus, and that they show a specific kind of temporal coding in the form of theta phase precession. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2014, together with May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser; he has received several other awards. He has worked at the University College London for his entire career, but also held a part-time chair at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology at the behest of his Norwegian collaborators, the Mosers.

Education and early life

Born in New York City to Irish immigrant parents, O'Keefe attended Regis High School (Manhattan) and received a BA degree from the City College of New York.[2][3] He went on to study at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where he obtained an MA degree in 1964, and a PhD degree in Psychology in 1967, supervised by Ronald Melzack.[4][5][6]

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