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IJN - November 2014
Jean Nicod Prize & Lectures 2014

Uta Frith is Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development at University College London’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Visiting Professor at the University of Aarhus. Uta was born and educated in Germany. She studied Experimental Psychology at the University of Saarbrücken, and Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London. Since her PhD she has been fascinated by autism and the search for underlying cognitive deficits that can explain the core symptoms, a lack of reciprocal social interaction coexisting with unusual perceptual abilities. From 1968 until 2006 Uta was an independent research scientist, affiliated to UCL and funded by the Medical Research Council, UK. Her other life-long research interest has been dyslexia and, more generally, neuro-cognitive processes in reading and spelling. Recently, she has examined some ideas from neuroscience that might benefit education. One of her current passions is championing women scientists. Uta Frith has received honorary degrees from the Universities of Gothenburg, St Andrews, Palermo, Nottingham, York and Cambridge. She is a fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society. She is also a member of the Leopoldina, Germany’s National Academy of Science and a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences. In 2012 she was appointed an Honorary DBE.