Mishkin Receives National Medal of Science


Mortimer Mishkin, PhD, has been named by President Obama as one of 10 recipients of the National Medal of Science. Mishkin is Chief of the Section on Cognitive Neuroscience in the Laboratory of Neuropsychology at the National Institute of Mental Health.

According to a news release by the National Science Foundation, which administers the award for the White House, Mishkin received the award for “fundamental contributions to understanding the functional organization of the primate brain, including the discovery of the role of the inferior temporal cortex in vision, delineation of the selective contributions of medial temporal lobe structures to memory, and discovery of the neural bases of cognitive and noncognitive memory systems.”


The National Medal of Science is the highest honor the government bestows on scientists. A White House press release stated that the nominees are selected by “a committee of Presidential appointees based on their extraordinary knowledge in, and contributions to, the biological, behavioral/social, and physical sciences, as well as chemistry, engineering, computing, and mathematics.”

The recipients will receive their awards at a White House ceremony later this year. 

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