Eric Kandel

Neuroscientist, Academic

1929 –

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Who is Eric Kandel?

Eric Richard Kandel is an American neuropsychiatrist who was a recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research on the physiological basis of memory storage in neurons. He shared the prize with Arvid Carlsson and Paul Greengard.

Kandel, who had studied psychoanalysis, wanted to understand how memory works. His mentor, Harry Grundfest, said, “If you want to understand the brain you’re going to have to take a reductionist approach, one cell at a time.” So he studied the neural system of a simple animal, Aplysia, a sea slug with very large nerve cells.

Kandel is a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. He is a Senior Investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He was also the founding director of the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, which is now the Department of Neuroscience at Columbia University. Kandel authored In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind, which chronicles his life and research. The book was awarded the 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Award for Science and Technology.

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Born
Nov 7, 1929
Vienna
Also known as
  • Eric Richard Kandel
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Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Judaism
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
  • Ashkenazi Jews
Nationality
  • Austria
Profession
Education
  • Harvard University
  • New York University School of Medicine
    (1952 - )
  • Erasmus Hall High School
  • Yeshivah of Flatbush
    ( - 1944)
  • New York University
Employment
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Lived in
  • Brooklyn
  • Vienna
  • New York City

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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