native of New York City, Gerald Edelman graduated from
Ursinus College in 1950 and received his M.D. from the
University of Pennsylvania in 1954. After training at
the Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Edelman served
as a captain in the Army Medical Corps. From 1955 to
1957, he earned his Ph.D. at the Rockefeller Institute
(now University) in 1960. In 1972, Dr. Edelman won the
Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for figuring
out the structure of the antibody molecule.
Edelman is currently Director of the Neurosciences Institute
and president of its not-for profit parent organization.
He has formulated a theory describing the development
and organization of higher brain functions, known as
neuronal group selection. Dr. Edelman's continuing work
in theoretical neuroscience includes designing machines
like Darwin VI that are capable of carrying out tests
of this theory. He has described and expanded his theory
in three books: Neural Darwinism, The Remembered
Present, and Bright Air, Brilliant Fire as
well as in his most recent work with Giulio Tononi:
The Universe of Consciousness: How Matter Becomes
Imagination. In addition to the Nobel Prize, Dr.
Edelman has won numerous awards and honors and is the
author of more than 450 research publications. He is
married and has three children.
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