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September 15, 2005
Dr. Leon N Cooper, 1972 Nobel Laureate in Physics and Thomas J. Watson, Sr. Professor of Science, Brown University, 8/17/05
Dr. Leon N Cooper is the Thomas J. Watson Senior Professor of Science at Brown University. He specializes in theoretical physics, including low-temperature physics, and has also done theoretical work in neuroscience as well as in neural networks. Dr. Cooper is the director of the Brown University Institute for Brain and Neural Systems, which consists of groups of scientists applying various disciplines to the study of the brain. He is also a professor in the departments of Physics and Neuroscience at Brown University. Dr. Cooper was awarded the Comstock Prize by the National Academy of Sciences in 1968, the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1972, the Descartes Medal by the Academie de Paris in 1977, and the College de France Medal in 2000. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for Advancement of Science, Phi Beta Kappa, and Sigma Xi. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Society for Neuroscience.
Members of the Institute for Brain and Neural Systems conduct research in brain function and neural systems that draws on biology, psychology, mathematics, engineering, physics, linguistics, and computer science. Their overall goal is a deeper understanding of the basic processes by which the central nervous system learns and organizes itself and acquires the capacity for mental acts.
The Institute is especially interested in the interaction between theoretical ideas and experimental results. Current areas of research include theories of cortical plasticity, cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying learning and memory storage, the analysis and application of artificial neural networks, and signal processing.
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