for other people named john o'keefe, see john o'keefe (disambiguation).
john o'keefe in september 2014
(1939-11-18) november 18, 1939 (age 80)
new york city, new york
united kingdom, united states
city college of new york mcgill university
discovering place cells
nobel prize in physiology or medicine (2014) kavli prize (2014) physiological society annual review prize lecture (2016)
university college london
response properties of amygdalar units in the freely moving cat(1967)
neil burgess (postdoc)
website at ucl
john o'keefe, frsfmedsci (born november 18, 1939) is an american-british neuroscientist and a professor at the sainsbury wellcome centre for neural circuits and behaviour and the research department of cell and developmental biology at university college london. he discovered place cells in the hippocampus, and that they show a specific kind of temporal coding in the form of thetaphase precession. he shared the nobel prize in physiology or medicine in 2014, together with may-britt moser and edvard moser; he has received several other awards. he has worked at the university college london for his entire career, but also held a part-time chair at the norwegian university of science and technology at the behest of his norwegian collaborators, the mosers.