The man who mapped the human brain
Dr George Paxinos is an internationally appreciable scientist for his outstanding mappings of the human brain. Paxinos is a Professor of Psychology and Medical Sciences at the Neuroscience Research Australia Institute of the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
George Paxinos was born on December 6th, 1944, at Lefki on the island of Ithaki. His pursuit of science led him away from Greece. He continued his studies at Berkeley University in California and later received his PhD from McGill University in Canada. He later spent a postdoctoral year at Yale University.
Since 1973, Paxinos has been working with New South Wales University at Sydney, his place of residence, keeping also close contact with the world’s most influential and prestigious universities and research institutes, like Oxford University.
His studies on neurology and neuropathy opened the path towards the cure of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
George Paxinos has been honoured with 9 prestigious awards: Warner Brown Memorial Prize from Berkeley University (1968), Walter Burfitt Award (1992), Award of Excellence in Scientific Writing, AssocAmer Publishers Award (1999), Ramaciotti Medal of Excellence in Biometric Research (2001), The Alexander von Humbolt Foundation Prize (2004).
George Paxinos is the author of The rat brain in stereotaxic coordinates, which is ranked 10th in the list of world’s 50 most popular scientific works. He has also published 38 books on human and animal brain structure.
Paxinos is currently the President of Neuroscience Research Australia Institute, member of the Australian Academy of Science, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.
Dr Paxinos is also Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for Service to Neuroscience, Honourary Professor of the Kapodistrian University of Athens, member of the Academy of Athens, Honourary President of the Phychology School of City Unity College of Athens and editor of international scientific reviews and magazines.