McKay Interview: Neuroscientist Dr Henry Markram (17 July 2017)
This week, Michael McKay talks to Professor Henry Markram who is the Founder of both the Blue Brain Project and Human Brain Project. His impressive academic record is extensive: • He gained his PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. • Was a Fulbright Scholar at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the USA. • As a Minerva Fellow he then went to the famous Max Planck Institute, Heidelberg where he made important discoveries.
• He went on to become assistant professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science, where he started systematically dissecting out the neocortical column and developed the so-called theory of liquid state machine, or high entropy computing. • In 2002, he moved to EPFL as full professor and founder/director of the Brain Mind Institute and Director of the Center for Neuroscience and Technology. • In 2005 he started the Blue Brain Project, a Swiss funded project. • In 2007 he started Frontiers, today one of the largest publishers of open science, with Kamila his wife. • And in 2013 he led a consortium of 500 scientists to win a billion Euro grant from the European Commission to start the Human Brain Project.