Richard G. Morris

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Richard G. Morris

Richard Graham Michael Morris

(1948-06-27) 27 June 1948 (age 70)
Alma mater
Known forMorris water navigation task
Awards2016 Brain Prize
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Edinburgh

Richard Graham Michael Morris, CBE FRS FRSE (born 27 June 1948)[1] is a British neuroscientist. He is known for developing the Morris water navigation task,[2] one of the currently most-widely used rodent-learning tests, and for his work on the function of the hippocampus.[3][4]

He is currently the director of the Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems (Edinburgh)[5] and the Wolfson Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh.[6] Since 1994 he has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh[7] and since 1997, he has been a Fellow of the Royal Society.[8] Morris was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2007.[1]

Professor Morris and two colleagues were named as winners of the 2016 Brain Prize, considered[by whom?] "the Nobel Prize for neuroscience". Professor Tim Bliss, from London’s Francis Crick Institute, and Professor Graham Collingridge, from the University of Bristol, were the other two 2016 winners. The scientists made discoveries about the way synaptic connections in the hippocampus brain region are strengthened by stimulation. The process, known as long-term potentiation (LTP), forms the basis of the ability to learn and to remember.[9]


He received his BA in Natural Science from Trinity Hall, Cambridge and D.Phil. from the University of Sussex in 1973. He was a Lecturer at the University of St Andrews from 1977 to 1986 where he developed the Morris water navigation task. He moved to the University of Edinburgh in 1986.


  1. ^ a b "Prof Richard Morris, CBE, FRS". Debrett's. Archived from the original on 12 November 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  2. ^ Morris, R.G.M. (May 1981). "Spatial localization does not require the presence of local cues". Learning and Motivation. 2 (2): 239–260. doi:10.1016/0023-9690(81)90020-5. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  3. ^ Andersen, P; Morris, R; Amaral, D; Bliss, T; O'Keefe, J, eds. (2007). The Hippocampus Book. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. pp. xx+832. ISBN 978-0-19-510027-3. OCLC 64444087.
  4. ^ Nadel, Lynn (November 2007). "Book review: The hippocampus book, edited by P. Andersen, R. Morris, D. Amaral, T. Bliss, & J. O'Keefe". Hippocampus. 17 (11): 1013–1016. doi:10.1002/hipo.20355.
  5. ^ "People/Administration". Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  6. ^ "People/Academic Staff - Prof. Richard Morris, CBE, FRS". Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Professor Richard Graham Michael Morris CBE FRS FRSE, FMedSci - The Royal Society of Edinburgh". The Royal Society of Edinburgh. Retrieved 2018-03-12.
  8. ^ "Fellows of the Royal Society". Royal Society. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  9. ^ "Professor Richard Morris, profile: Scientist and Brain Prize winner". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-08-19.

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