The Royal Institution
of Great Britain
Professor of Pharmacology, Oxford University
Baroness Susan Greenfield is an acclaimed brain researcher as well as professor, entrepreneur, populizer of science, and policy adviser. At Oxford, she heads a multidisciplinary research group exploring novel neuronal mechanisms in the brain that are common to regions affected in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. She is a founding director of both Synaptica Ltd, an Oxford University spin-off investigating novel approaches to neurodegeneration, and BrainBoost, a company developing non-pharmaceutical approaches to Alzheimer's disease.
One of the UK's leading communicators of science, Prof. Greenfield has appeared regularly on TV and radio. In 1998 she received the Michael Faraday medal from the Royal Society for making the most significant contribution to the public understanding of science, and received the "Woman of Distinction" award from Jewish Care. In 2000 she was voted "Woman of the Year" by The Observer. As a policy advisor, in 1999 she was invited by the Prime Minister to give a consultative seminar on "The Future of Science" at No 10 Downing Street. The Guardian included her as one of the 50 most powerful women in Britain.
Prof. Greenfield is a Fellow at the World Economic Forum and has lectured all over the world. In the Millennium New Year's Honours List she was awarded a CBE, and was granted a non-political Life Peerage in 2001. She has been awarded 21 honorary degrees from British universities and in 2000 was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians. She has written dozens of research articles, and among her books are the bestseller The Human Brain: A Guided Tour and The Private Life of the Brain.
She received a bachelor's and master's degree and a D.Phil. from Oxford University.