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Prof. Eric R. Kandel, M.D., is a University Professor at Columbia, Kavli Professor and Director, Kavli Institute for Brain Sciences, and a Senior Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Kandel trained in Neurobiology and in Psychiatry and joined the faculty of the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in 1974 as the founding director of the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior.
He is an editor of Principles of Neural Science, the standard textbook in the field and has recently written a book on the brain for the general public entitled In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind.
Kandel has received twenty-two honorary degrees, is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences as well as the National Science Academies of German and France.