Susan Greenfield


Susan Greenfield

Susan Greenfield is professor of synaptic pharmacology at Oxford University where she leads a multi-disciplinary team investigating the physical basis of the mind and some of its many important implications for our understanding of human behaviour, work and society.

She has won numerous awards for her activities in the public engagement of science and has authored books for a general audience including: "Tomorrow's People”, the acclaimed "The Private Life of the Brain", "The Human Brain: A Guided Tour" , "Brain Story" which accompanied the BBC TV series of the same name and her latest book  ID: The Quest for Identity in the 21st Century”.

She has "spun out" several successful enterprises from her university-based work on Alzheimer's disease, created radio and TV programs on science for the BBC and other broadcasters, and led a Government "Women In Science" task force.  She has received 28 Honorary Degrees, a CBE (2000), and the Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur (2003). In 2006 she was installed as Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University.

In January 2005 the US-based John Templeton Foundation gave a $2,000,000 research grant for Susan to form the Oxford Centre for Science of the Mind which is dedicated to cutting-edge interdisciplinary work drawing on pharmacology, human anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, theology and philosophy. 

She made news as the "Thinker in Residence" in Adelaide, Australia in the summer of 2005, as a guest of the Government of South Australia which invites two or three world-class thinkers to Adelaide each year to live and work.  Her residency permitted her to "inform and influence the future of science" through lectures, projects and media presentations. In 2006 she was voted "Honorary Australian of the Year."

She received a non-political Life Peerage in 2001 and continues to be active in questioning ministers on issues including the brain sciences and science education.

Download a selection of her parliamentary questions and the ministerial answers