John Graham Nicholls

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John Graham Nicholls
Born19 december 1929
Alma materKing's College London
Charing Cross Hospital
University College London
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity College London, Charing Cross Hospital, University of Oxford, Harvard University, Yale University, Stanford University, Biozentrum University of Basel, International School for Advanced Studies

John Graham Nicholls FRS is a British/Swiss physiologist.


Nicholls is professor emeritus of physiology. He was educated at Berkhamsted School and King's College London.[1] He received his M.D. from Charing Cross Hospital and a Ph.D. from the Department of Biophysics at University College London in 1955. He worked at University College London, and the universities of Oxford, Harvard, Yale, and Stanford. In 1983 he became professor of pharmacology at the Biozentrum University of Basel. Since reaching emeritus status in 1998, he has been professor of neurobiology at the International School for Advanced Studies. The International Brain Research Organization has named a fellowship in his honor and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society.


Nicholls is best known for his research in the field of neurobiology. In invertebrate and mammalian nervous systems he studied synaptic transmission as well as the problem of why neurons in the brain and spinal cord fail to regenerate after injury. For his studies he developed a new type of mammalian central nervous system (CNS) preparation which allowed the investigation of mechanisms involved in neurite outgrowth and CNS regeneration. In recent years he has started to study how the rhythm of respiration is generated by the nervous system. Additionally, he authored the book From Neuron to Brain,[2] which is already in its fifth edition.

Awards & honors[edit]

  • 1988 Fellow of the Royal Society[3]
  • 2003 John Nicholls Fellowship[4]
  • 2007 D.Sc. Honoris Causa, University of Trieste[5]
  • 2010 Society for Neuroscience Award for Education in Neuroscience[6]
  • 2011 Endowed John G. Nicholls Lecture[7]


  • Kuffler S., Nicholls JG. From neuron to brain. Sinauer Associates Inc.,U.S.; 1st edition (August 12, 1976)
  • Kuffler S., Nicholls JG. From neuron to brain. Sinauer Associates Inc.,U.S.; 2nd edition (May 1, 1984)
  • Nicholls JG., Martin R. From neuron to brain. Sinauer Associates Inc; 3rd edition (September 1992)
  • Nicholls JG., Martin R. From neuron to brain. Sinauer Associates; 4th edition (January 15, 2001)
  • Nicholls JG., Martin R. From neuron to brain. Sinauer Associates is an imprint of Oxford University Press; 5 edition (November 7, 2011)


  1. ^ ‘NICHOLLS, Prof. John Graham’, Who's Who 2016, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2016
  2. ^ Nicholls, John G. From Neuron to Brain. Sinauer Associates, Inc. p. 621. ISBN 0878936092. Archived from the original on 2014-10-16.
  3. ^ Royal Society Retrieved 2014-06-16.
  4. ^ "NEW! THE JOHN G. NICHOLLS IBRO FELLOWSHIP". International Brain Research Organization. 2003-09-29. Archived from the original on 2016-01-24. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
  5. ^ University of Trieste Archived 2016-03-05 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2014-06-16.
  6. ^ "Award for Education in Neuroscience Presented to John Nicholls". Society for Neuroscience. 2010-11-14. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
  7. ^ "The John G. Nicholls Endowed Lectureship in Neural Systems and Behavior: "Growth Factors and Memory Formation"". Marine Biological Laboratory. 2012-07-18. Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2014-06-24.

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