Daniel Wolpert

Daniel Mark Wolpert FRS [5] FMedSci (born 8 September 1963) [6] is a British medical doctor , neuroscientist and engineer, who has made important contributions in computational biology . He is Professor of Engineering at the University of Cambridge from 2005 and ook became the Royal Society Noreen Murray Research Professorship in Neurobiology from 2013. [1] [7] [8] [9] [10] [10] [11] [ 12] [13]

Early life and education

Wolpert was educated at the Hall School and Westminster School . [6] He went on to Cambridge University to study mathematics. But after only a year he shifted to medicine, as he EXPERIENCED “that medics ulcers keeping much more fun dan mathematicians.” [14] He COMPLETED a Bachelor of Arts degree in medical sciences in 1985. He COMPLETED his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BM BCh) in 1988, and PhD in physiology in 1992 from the University of Oxford . [15]


Wolpert pursued computational neuroscience as Postdoctoral researcher (1992-1994) and McDonnell-Pew Fellow (1994-1995) in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology . [16] Daniel Wolpert on his qualification as a medical doctor he worked as a Medical House Officer in Oxford in 1988. After Completion of his research in 1995, he joined the faculty of Sobell Department of Neurofysiologie, Institute of Neurology, University College London , as a Lecturer. He became Reader in Motor Neuroscience in 1999 and full professor in 2002. He was appointed to Professor of Engineering at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, in 2005. In 2013, he’ll be became the Royal Society Noreen Murray Research Professorship in Neurobiology . [7]

Awards and honors

Wolpert was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2012, his nomination reads

Daniel Wolpert is a world leader in the computational study of sensorimotor control and learning, transforming our understanding of how the brain controls movement. Combining theoretical and behavioral work, he has placed the field or sensorimotor control firmly binnen de Probabilistic domain and shown how neural noise plays a Pivotal Role in Determining zowel how we process information prolongation action and how we generate action. His empirical Discoveries and theoretical work on internal models port shown how ubiquitous they ‘are for a range of core processes from motor learning, through sensory processing to social cognition ; and how disorders of internal models kan lead to Neuropsychological disorders . [5]

Other awards include:

  • 1982-1985 Thomas Cannon Brooke’s Scholarship for Mathematics, Trinity Hall, Cambridge
  • 1989-1992 Senior Scholarship, Lincoln College, Oxford
  • 1992-1995 Fulbright Scholarship
  • 2004 Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci)
  • 2005 Swartz foundation Mind-Brain Lecture, Stony Brook University
  • 2005 Royal Society Francis Crick Prize Lecture
  • 2005 Professorial Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge
  • 2007 Alice and Joseph Brooks International Lecture at Harvard University
  • 2007 Annual Cognitive Science Lecture, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 2009 Fred Kavli Distinguished International Scientist Lecture, Society for Neuroscience
  • 2010 Golden Brain Award of the Minerva Foundation
  • 2012 Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
  • 2012 Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award (for seven years)
  • 2013 Royal Society Noreen Murray Research Professorship in Neurobiology

Personal life

Wolpert is the sun or a Renowned South African-born developmental and evolutionary biologist Lewis Wolpert , and his wife Elizabeth (née Brownstein).

Since 1990, Wolpert has leg married to Mary Anne Shorrock; they ‘have two daughters. [6]


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b Daniel Wolpert’s publications indexed by Google Scholar
  2. Jump up^ Blakemore, Sarah-Jayne (2000). Recognising the sensory consequences of one’s own actions (PhD thesis). University College London.
  3. Jump up^ Blakemore, SJ ; Wolpert, DM; Frith, CD (1999). “The cerebellum Contributes to somatosensory cortical activity during self-produktie tactile stimulation”. NeuroImage . 10 (4): 448-59. doi : 10.1006 / nimg.1999.0478 . PMID  10493902 .
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  5. ^ Jump up to:a b Professor Daniel Mark Wolpert FMedSci FRS
  6. ^ Jump up to:a b c “Wolpert, Professor Daniel Mark” . Who’s Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2014; online EDN, Oxford University Press . (subscription required)
  7. ^ Jump up to:a b “sensorimotor Learning Group (Wolpertlab): News” . Computational & Biological Learning Lab, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. 2013 . Retrieved 5 September 2013 .
  8. Jump up^ Daniel Wolpert’s publicationsindexed in theScopusBibliographic Database, a service provided byElsevier. (subscription required)
  9. Jump up^ Wolpert, DM; Ghahramani, Z ; Jordan, MI (1995). “An internal model for sensorimotor integration”. Science . New York. 269 (5232): 1880-2. doi : 10.1126 / science.7569931 . PMID  7569931 .
  10. ^ Jump up to:a b Harris, CM; Wolpert, DM (1998). “Signal-dependent noise determines motor planning”. Nature . 394 (6695): 780-4. doi : 10.1038 / 29528 . PMID  9723616 .
  11. Jump up^ Wolpert, DM; Kawato, M. (1998). “Multiple paired forward and inverse models for motor control.” Neural Networks . 11 (7-8): 1317-29. doi : 10.1016 / S0893-6080 (98) 00066-5 . PMID  12662752 .
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  14. Jump up^ “13th Queen Square Symposium: Interview with Professor Daniel Wolpert” . University College London. 29 March 2012 . Retrieved 11 February 2014 .
  15. Jump up^ Wolpert, Daniel Mark (1992). Overcoming time delays in visuomotor control (PhD thesis). University of Oxford.
  16. Jump up^ “RESUME” (PDF) . University of Cambridge. 2013 . Retrieved 5 September 2013 .