Nancy Jane Kopell (born November 8, 1942 New York City) is an American mathematician, William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor at Boston University, Director of the Cognitive Rhythms Collaborative, and Co-Director of the Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology (CompNet).
She grew up in the Bronx. She graduated from Cornell University with an A.B., and from the University of California, Berkeley, with an M.A. and a Ph.D. Her research interest is the dynamics of the nervous system: how does the brain produce its dynamics (physiological mechanisms), how do brain rhythms take part in cognition (sensory processing, attention, memory, motor control), and how can pathologies of brain dynamics help to understand symptoms of neurological diseases (Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, epilepsy) as well as alternate states of consciousness (anesthesia).
Awards and Memberships
- 1975 Sloan Fellowship
- 1984 Guggenheim Fellowship
- 1990 MacArthur Fellows Program
- 1996 National Academy of Sciences
- 1996 American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- 1999 Josiah Willard Gibbs Lecture (American Mathematical Society)
- 2006 Weldon Memorial Prize (Oxford)
- 2007 John von Neumann Lecture (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics)
- 2011 Honorary Member of the London Mathematical Society
- Notable Women in Mathematics, a Biographical Dictionary, edited by Charlene Morrow and Teri Perl, Greenwood Press, 1998. pp 98–101