Eric Kandel

Eric Kandel in 2006

Eric Richard Kandel (born 7 November 1929) is an American neuropsychiatrist of Jewish descent.[1] He was a professor of biochemistry and biophysics.

He won the Wolf Prize in Medicine in 1999, and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2000 for describing the physiological basis of memory storage in neurons. Kandel shared the Nobel Prize with Arvid Carlsson and Paul Greengard.

Kandel was born in Vienna.[1] He migrated to Brooklyn, New York City in 1939, the year after the Anschluss when Austria was made part of Nazi Germany. In 1956, he married sociologist Denise Kandel. They have two children.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Eric Kandel - Autobiography". 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2011.