Peter Milner

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Peter Milner (13 June 1919 – 2 June 2018) was a Canadian neuroscientist. He was the husband of Dr. Brenda Milner. Born in Yorkshire, England, Milner worked at the British Air Defence Research and Development Establishment before moving to Canada in 1944. He was an electrical engineer, but became interested in neuroscience while Brenda was studying the subject at McGill University; he became a graduate student under the same supervisor as she, and later taught at McGill himself.[1] In collaboration with James Olds, he is credited with the discovery of the brain's pleasure centre in 1954.[2][3]

Milner received the Gold Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Canadian Psychology from the Canadian Psychological Association in 2005.[1]


  1. ^ a b Salim Valji (11 June 2018). "Life Stories: Neuroscience pioneer Peter Milner taught at McGill". Montreal Gazette.
  2. ^ Kringelbach, ML; Berridge, KC (June 2010). "The functional neuroanatomy of pleasure and happiness". Discovery medicine. 9 (49): 579–87. PMID 20587348.
  3. ^ Edmund S. Higgins, Mark S. George (2009). Brain stimulation therapies for clinicians (1st ed.). American Psychiatric Pub. p. 8. ISBN 9781585628902.