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History of neuroscience

The University of Oxford has a long and illustrious history of neuroscience research dating back to the seventeenth century. Today we are keen to promote an understanding of the history of neuroscience and to preserve our heritage for future generations.

We are proud to be involved in these exciting projects:

The History of Medical Sciences website

Funded by the  Wellcome Trust and the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies this project, led by Damion Young, Jon Mason and Zoltan Molnar in the Department of Physiology Anatomy and Genetics,  aims to preserve and bring to life the History of Medical Sciences through seminars, slides, objects and images.

Rotating 360° images of historical objects

High-resolution, zoomable scans of historic microscope slides 


Historical material held at Oxford; The Hunterian, Glasgow; and UCL

Federation of European Neuroscience Societies

Online History of European Neuroscience Projects

European Brain Museums Project

British Neuroscience Association

History Pages

Further Reading

Thomas Willis (1621–1675), the Founder of Clinical Neuroscience

A Short History of European Neuroscience from the late 18th to the mid 20th Century 

Insights into the Life and Work of Sir Charles Sherrington

Hermann Blaschko - Pharmacologist 1900-1993

Links to websites focused on the History of Neuroscience