Mortimer Mishkin, an American neuropsychologist, and winner of the 2009 National Medal of Science awarded in Behavior and Social Science has died on the 2nd of October 2021. He died at the age of 94.
His cause of death is yet to be released.
Mishkin was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts in December 1926. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1946 and took a 1949 M.A. and 1951 Ph.D. from McGill University under Donald O. Hebb.
His Ph.D. thesis was partly directed by a surgeon and theorist Karl H. Pribram.
After five decades of work on the mechanisms of cognition and memory, Mishkin won the National Medal of Science in 2010.
He also discovered that the brain processes memories in two separate processes: cognitive memory dealing with events and fresh information, and behavioral memory related to skills and habits.
In 2016, Mishkin became Chief of the Section on Cognitive Neuroscience, Laboratory of Neuropsychology, National Institute of Mental Health, chartered to explore neurobiological mechanisms of perception and memory.
- APA Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Psychology, 1985
- William James Fellow Award, awarded by the Association for Psychological Science, 1989
- Ariëns Kappers Medal, 1989
- Karl Spencer Lashley Award, for “pioneering analysis of the memory and the perceptual systems of the brain, and his
- seminal contributions to the understanding of the higher nervous system function”, 1996
- Metlife Foundation Award for Medical Research in Alzheimer’s Disease, 1999
- National Medal of Science, 2010
- Grawemeyer Award given by the University of Louisville, 2012
- NAS Award in the Neurosciences, 2016
Joshua A. Gordon Posted on Twitter,
“We lost a giant yesterday. Mortimer Mishkin led the groundbreaking Laboratory of Neuropsychology at the
@NIMHgov @IRPatNIH for decades. His scientific achievements are legend; his mentees, legion. Rest in peace, Mort.”
We lost a giant yesterday. Mortimer Mishkin led the groundbreaking Laboratory of Neuropsychology at the @NIMHgov @IRPatNIH for decades. His scientific achievements are legend; his mentees, legion. Rest in peace, Mort. pic.twitter.com/l73kQzt2iW
— Joshua A. Gordon (@NIMHDirector) October 3, 2021