Award Name : National Medal of Science
Year of Award : 1989
Award for : Biology
Location : Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Roger Wolcott Sperry was a neuropsychologist, neurobiologist. He was Born on August 20, 1913, in Hartford, Connecticut. Sperry earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s degree in psychology from Oberlin (Ohio) College and a doctorate in zoology from the University of Chicago in 1941. He then became an associate of Karl Lashley, first at Harvard University and then at the Yerkes Laboratories of Primate Biology in Orange Park, Fla. In 1946 he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago and in 1954 moved to the California Institute of Technology as Hixon professor of psychobiology. This research contributed greatly to understanding the lateralization of brain function. In 1989, Sperry also received the National Medal of Science. Afterwards in 1993, Sperry received the Lifetime Achievement Award from APA. He died on April 17, 1994.