Sir John Carew Eccles, A.C. 27 January 1903 – 2 May 1997

David R. Curtis, Per Andersen

Elected F.R.S. 1941


Sir John Eccles, internationally recognized for his remarkable and outstanding impact on the neurosciences for more than six decades, died on 2 May 1997 at the age of 94. He performed his research in Oxford, Sydney, Dunedin, Canberra, Chicago and Buffalo from 1927 until 1975 (73)*. His numerous scientific papers and books, arising from pioneering experimental studies of synaptic mechanisms and the organization of neurons in the mammalian central nervous system, continue to have a major influence on brain research. Furthermore, his writings on the mind-brain interaction generated wide interest and debate. Eccles also made his mark as an administrator, particularly at the Australian National University and the Australian Academy of Science, of which he was a Foundation Fellow and the second President.

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