The History of Neuroscience
Follow the story of the field's evolution to present day. The work of neuroscience pioneers has produced vital knowledge about the brain and nervous system that is advancing today's science and improving health outcomes.
History of Neuroscience
Essential to any scientific field is to learn and understand its history. Knowing the history of the field of Neuroscience not only informs our understanding of the past and honors its progress, but also becomes part of a living story of scientific inquiry and sets a course for future discovery and progress.
We offer several useful collections of historical context for those interested in delving into the history of the relatively young field of neuroscience. Although, not comprehensive, SfN maintains autobiographical chapters and videos that document the struggles and accomplishments of a still-young field and highlight major achievements and advances. Most of all, this information conveys the rigor and passion with which neuroscientists pursue scientific discovery. SfN maintains this historical material as a resource for neuroscientists and the public. We also offer links to a selection of classic papers addressing a range of neuroscience topics, and links to other resources beyond SfN - including a chapter written by one of the founding members of SfN, Robert Doty, PhD, about the history of neuroscience.
The History of Neuroscience in Autobiography is a book series, edited by Tom Albright and Larry R. Squire that details the lives and discoveries of eminent senior neuroscientists. Available in our online store or free for download (PDFs). Volume 11 is now available.
Archival Autobiographical Videos
Recorded over the years, these interviews with distinguished senior neuroscientists also allow these scientists to share their personal narratives.
A selection of high impact classic papers addressing a range of neuroscience topics. Most available for download (PDFs).
A list of external neuroscience history resources beyond SfN.