Professor John O’Keefe, FRS, FMedSci
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, and Nobel Prize winner.
Professor John O'Keefe, FRS FMedSci is a 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.
In 2014 he received the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience "for the discovery of specialized brain networks for memory and cognition", together with Brenda Milner and Marcus Raichle. In the same year he was awarded and shared the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain - an 'inner GPS' - that enables us to orient ourselves, together with May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser.