Charles F. Stevens

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Charles F. "Chuck" Stevens
Fields neuroscience
Institutions Salk Institute, Santa Fe Institute
Alma mater Harvard University, Yale University, Rockefeller University
Doctoral advisor Keffer Harline
Notable students Erwin Neher
Influences Francis Crick[1]

Charles F. "Chuck" Stevens (born 1934) is an American neurobiologist at the Salk Institute in La Jolla. He is currently the Vincent J. Coates Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and adjunct professor of pharmacology and neuroscience at UCSD's School of Medicine. He is also an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute[2] and a general member of the Aspen Center for Physics.[3]

Major contributions[edit]

He made several seminal discoveries regarding the molecular basis of synaptic transmission.[by whom?] In 2002, together with Dmitri Chklovskii, Stevens described the "3/5 Power Scaling law of neural circuits."

Stevens and Anderson used noise analysis to infer the conductance of single acetylcholine ion channels. This work paved the way for Nobel laureate Erwin Neher's patch clamping techniques. Neher was a postdoctoral associate with Stevens at the University of Washington and then Yale University.[4]


Stevens has a B.A. in psychology from Harvard University, where he began his education hoping to be a physician.[5] He then received an M.D. degree at Yale University, and a Ph.D. in biophysics from Rockefeller University with Keffer Harline. He was a member of the faculties at the University of Washington Medical School and at Yale Medical School before joining the Salk Institute.

Stevens has been an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences since 1982, and he was formerly an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.[6] He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1984.[7] In 2000 he was awarded the NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing from the National Academy of Sciences.[8]


  1. ^ Rich, A.; Stevens, C. F. (2004). "Obituary: Francis Crick (1916–2004)". Nature. 430 (7002): 845–847. doi:10.1038/430845a. PMID 15318208. 
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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-04-28. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
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  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-10-12. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
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  7. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter S" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 27 February 2011.