Professor Max Bennett AO
M02 - Mallet Street Campus
Maxwell Bennett is Professor of Neuroscience in the University of Sydney, Scientific Director of the Brain & Mind Research Institute and holds the first University Chairs awarded for research ‘recognized internationally as of exceptional distinction’. He graduated in Electrical Engineering and did his doctoral research in Zoology at Melbourne University before turning to the brain sciences and being appointed to the second Personal Chair at Sydney University, after Lord May. His books and papers are concerned with research on the formation and function of synaptic connections between cells in the brain, on the history and philosophy of the brain sciences, and on science policy. His most recent books are The Idea of Consciousness, History of the Synapse, Philosophical Foundations of Neuroscience, Neuroscience & Philosophy:Brain, Mind & Language, and History of Cognitive Neuroscience. Amongst the organizations he has founded to promote science and brain research are the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies, the International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience.