Susan Greenfield

Susan Greenfield

Susan Adele Greenfield, Baroness Greenfield, CBECite web|url=|title=Minutes and Order Paper - Minutes of Proceedings|accessyear=2007|accessmonthday=October 27|publisher=UK Parliament House of Lords|year=2001|author=House of Lords] (born 1 October 1950) is a British scientist, writer, broadcaster, and member of the House of Lords. Greenfield's specialty is the physiology of the brain, and has worked to research and bring attention to Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.

Greenfield is Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology at Lincoln College, Oxford, and Director of the Royal Institution.Cite web|url=|title=Baroness Susan Greenfield|accessyear=2007|accessmonthday=October 27|publisher=The Royal Institution of Great Britain|year=2007|author=The Royal Institution of Great Britain] On February 1, 2006, she was installed as Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

Early life

Baroness Greenfield was born in the west London borough of Hammersmith to Doris (Thorp) and Myer Reginald Greenfield, a machine operator, whose parents were Austrian and Russian.Cite web|url=|title=Family Detective|accessyear=2007|accessmonthday=October 27|publisher=Telegraph Media Group|year=2006|author=The Telegraph] Greenfield attended the Godolphin and Latymer School, and was the first member of her family to go on to university, at St Hilda's College, Oxford.Cite web|url=|title=Baroness Greenfield|accessyear=2007|accessmonthday=October 27|publisher=British Council on Science|year=2007|author=British Council on Science]


Greenfield's research is focused on brain physiology, particularly the etiology of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, but she is best known as a populariser of science. Greenfield has written several popular-science books about the brain and consciousness, and regularly gives public lectures, and appears on radio and television. In 1994, she was invited to be the first woman to give the Royal Institution Christmas Lecture, then sponsored by the BBC. Her lecture was titled "The Brain". From 1995 to 1999, she gave public lectures as Gresham Professor of Physic.

Greenfield created three research and biotechnology companies: Synaptica, BrainBoost, and Neurodiagnostics, which research neuronal diseases such as Alzheimer's disease.


As well as several honorary degrees, Greenfield has been awarded the Royal Society's Faraday medal, and in January 2000, received the CBE for her contributions to the public understanding of science. She is a Patron of the Alzheimer's Research Trust. [] In 2003, she was given the French Légion d'honneur, and in June 2001, she was created a life peer, as Baroness Greenfield, of Otmoor, in the County of Oxfordshire.

Personal life

Greenfield was married to an Oxford University Professor of Physical Chemistry, Peter Atkins, but they divorced in 2005. [Cole Moreton [ "Susan Greenfield: The girl with all the brains"] , "The Independent on Sunday", 11 May 2008.]



*cite book |author=Greenfield, Susan |title=Journey to the Centers of the Mind: Toward a Science of Consciousness |publisher=W.H. Freeman |location=San Francisco |year=1995 |pages=236 pages |isbn=0-7167-2723-4
*cite book |author=Greenfield, Susan |title=The Human Brain: A Guided Tour (Science Masters Series) |publisher=Basic Books |location=New York |year=1997 |pages=160 pages |isbn=0-465-00726-0
*cite book |author=Greenfield, Susan |title=The Private Life of the Brain (Penguin Press Science) |publisher=Penguin Books Ltd |location=London, England |year=2002 |pages=272 pages |isbn=0-14-100720-6
*cite book |author=Greenfield, Susan |title=Tomorrow's People: How 21st Century Technology is Changing the Way we Think and Feel |publisher=Allen Lane |location=London |year=2003 |pages= 304 pages|isbn=0-7139-9631-5
*cite book | last = Greenfield | first = Susan | title = Inside the Body | publisher = Cassell Illustrated | location = London | year = 2006 | pages=288 pages |isbn = 184403500X
*cite book | last = Greenfield | first = Susan | title = ID: The Quest for Identity in the 21st Century | publisher = Sceptre | location = London | year = 2008 | pages=320 pages |isbn = 0340936002

ee also

*List of Gresham Professors of Physic

External links

* [ Oxford home page]
* [ Bio from the Social Issues Research Centre]
* [ The Royal Institution - Headed by Susan Greenfield]
* [,12243,1206804,00.html Education Guardian biography]
* [,7348,1205831,00.html Fellows keep Greenfield off Royal Society list]
* [ Letter from the Royal Society] on Greenfield's Fellowship nomination
* [ Biography and Interviews]
* [,7348,849552,00.html The Wrong Chemistry]

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