Noble Laureate Professor John O'Keefe
John O'Keefe (Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 2014) is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London. In 1971, he discovered place cells, neurons within the hippocampus that become active when one enters a particular place in the environment. He consequently proposed the hippocampus as a cognitive map for spatial memory. His current work focuses on computational models to predict hippocampal function. Among other accolades he has recently received the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize (2013) and was a co-recipient of the Kavli Prize (2014).
Photograph by David Bishop UCL