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Gerald M. Edelman

Gerald M. EdelmanAKA Gerald Maurice Edelman

Born: 1-Jul-1929
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 17-May-2014
Location of death: La Jolla, CA
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist, Doctor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Chemical structure of antibodies

Military service: US Army Medical Corps (to Captain, 1955-57)

For his research into antibodies (proteins produced by the body to defend against infection), American chemist Gerald M. Edelman was awarded the 1972 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology. He shared that year's honors with British biochemist Rodney R. Porter.

Father: Edward Edelman (physician)
Mother: Anna Freedman Edelman
Wife: Maxine M. Morrison Edelman (editor, m. 1950, until his death, two sons, one daughter)
Son: Eric Edelman
Son: David Edelman
Daughter: Judith Edelman (bluegrass musician)

    High School: John Adams High School, New York City (1946)
    University: BS, Ursinus College (1950)
    Medical School: MD, University of Pennsylvania (1954)
    University: PhD Physical Chemistry, Rockefeller University (1960)
    Teacher: Graduate Studies, Rockefeller University (1960-66)
    Professor: Neuroscience, Rockefeller University (1966-92)
    Scholar: National Institutes of Health (1964-67)
    Administrator: Director, Neurosciences Institute (1981-)
    Administrator: Chairman of Neurobiology Department, Scripps Research Institute (1992-)

    Nobel Prize for Medicine 1972 (with Rodney R. Porter)
    Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    American Association for the Advancement of Science
    American Philosophical Society
    American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Carnegie Institution for Science Trustee (1987)
    Century Association
    Cosmos Club
    Council on Foreign Relations
    National Academy of Sciences
    New York Academy of Sciences
    New York Botanical Garden
    Phi Beta Kappa Society
    Rockefeller Brothers Fund Trustee (1972-82)
    Salk Institute for Biological Studies Fellowship (1973-85), Trustee (1975-85)
    Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
    Risk Factors: Parkinson's, Prostate Cancer

Author of books:
Cellular Selection and Regulation in the Immune Response (1974)
The Mindful Brain: Cortical Organization and the Group-Selective Theory of Higher Brain Function (1978, with Vernon B. Mountcastle)
Dynamic Aspects of Neocortical Function (1984, with W. Einar Gall and W. Maxwell Cowan)
Molecular Bases of Neural Development (1985, with W. Einar Gall and W. Maxwell Cowan)
The Cell in Contact: Adhesions and Junctions as Morphogenetic Determinants (1985, with Jean-Paul Thiery)
Neural Darwinism: The Theory of Neuronal Group Selection (1987)
Synaptic Function (1987, with W. Einar Gall and W. Maxwell Cowan)
Auditory Function: Neurobiological Bases of Hearing (1988, with W. Einar Gall and W. Maxwell Cowan)
Topobiology: An Introduction to Molecular Embryology (1988)
The Remembered Present: A Biological Theory of Consciousness (1989)
Morphoregulatory Molecules (1990, with Bruce A. Cunningham and Jean Paul Thiery)
Signal and Sense: Local and Global Order in Perceptual Maps (1990, with W. Einar Gall and W. Maxwell Cowan)
Bright Air, Brilliant Fire: On the Matter of the Mind (1992)
A Universe of Consciousness: How Matter becomes Imagination (2000, with Giulio Tononi)
Wider Than the Sky: The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness (2004)
Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge (2007)

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