Bishop Lecture

In honor of George Holman Bishop, a pioneer in experimental neurology.

George Holman Bishop joined the Washington University School of Medicine faculty in 1923 at the age of 34. He made essential contributions to studies of the compound action potential for which Erlanger and Gasser were awarded the Nobel Prize. His scientific interests were wide ranging and included correlating conduction velocities and nerve fiber diameters, analyses of the bases of cortical evoked potentials especially in the visual cortex, the role of dendrites in the production of cortical electrical activity, the peripheral and central bases for pain perception, and comparative phylogenetic analyses of central brain pathways.

Dr. Bishop was a critical, highly regarded and beloved colleague at Washington University and in the international community of neurophysiologists. He was known for his exceptional practical abilities, inside and outside the laboratory, his basic modesty, remarkable way with words and wonderful sense of humor. The George H. Bishop lectureship is the oldest named lectureship in basic neuroscience at Washington University.

The annual bishop lecture is hosted by the Department of Neurology.

Read the National Academy of Sciences biographical memoir of Dr. Bishop, written by Dr. William Landau.

Bishop Lecture archives with speakers dating back to 1956!

2020 Dr. Christian Haass
2019 Dr. Jonathan Kipnis
2018 Dr. Ralph Dacey
2017 Dr. Don Cleveland
2016 Dr. Berisłav V. Zloković
2014 Dr. Maiken Nedergaard
2013 Dr. Robert Darnell
2012 Dr. Helen Mayberg
2011 Dr. Tom Sudhof
2010 Dr. Joshua Sanes
2009 Dr. Mitchel Berger
2008 Dr. Stephen Hauser
2007 Dr. Story Landis
2006 Dr. Steven M. Paul
2005 Dr. Kenneth H. Fischbeck
2004 Dr. Kevin P. Campbell
2003 Dr. William C. Mobley
2002 Dr. Virginia M. Y. Lee
2001 Dr. R. Susan Zukin
2000 Dr. Stephen Heinemann
1999 Dr. Stanley Prusiner
1998 Dr. Richard Tsien
1997 Dr. David Prince
1996 Dr. Allen Roses
1995 Dr. Zach W. Hall
1994 Dr. Gerald D. Fischbach
1993 Dr. Mary C. Bushnell
1992 Dr. Martin E. Schwab
1991 Dr. Larry R. Squire
1990 Dr. Sanford L. Palay
1989 Dr. Torsten N. Wiesel
1988 Dr. Robert H. Wurtz
1987 Dr. Albert J. Aguayo
1986 Dr. William D. Willis Jr.
1985 Dr. Martin Raff
1984 Dr. John Pappenheimer
1983 Dr. Julian Jack
1982 Dr. P. B. C. Matthews
1981 Dr. Louis Sokoloff
1980 Drs. Bernard Katz and Stephen Kuffler
1979 Dr. Vernon B. Mountcastle
1978 Dr. Gerald Edelman
1977 Dr. Solomon H. Snyder
1976 Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini
1975 Dr. Seymour Kety
1974 Dr. Viktor Hamburger
1973 Dr. Yves LaPorte
1972 Dr. James O’Leary
1971 Dr. Irving Diamond
1970 Dr. Edward Perl
1969 Dr. James Sprague
1968 Dr. Carlton Hunt
1967 Drs. Mila and Arnold Sheibel
1966 Dr. R. W. Sperry
1965 Dr. William Mehler
1964 Dr. David Hubel
1963 Dr. Theodore H. Bullock
1962 Dr. Dixon M. Woodbury
1961 Dr. Clinton N. Woolsey
1960 Dr. W. H. A. Rushton
1959 Sir Frances Walshe
1958 Dr. Michael Fuortes
1957 Dr. Stephen Kuffler
1956 Dr. Harry Grundfest