Dr. Newsome is Professor of Neurobiology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He received a B.S. degree in physics from Stetson University, a Ph.D. degree in biology from the California Institute of Technology, and did postdoctoral research at the National Eye Institute. Dr. Newsome was on the faculty of the State University of New York at Stony Brook before moving to Stanford. Among his many honours are the Rank Prize in optoelectronics, the Spencer Award from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association, and the Dan David Prize from the Dan David Foundation and Tel Aviv University. Dr. Newsome is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
William Newsome’s research focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying visual perception, visually based decision making, and related issues in cognitive neuroscience. He seeks to understand how higher mammals acquire sensory information about the world, how that information is processed within the brain, and how behavioral responses to that information are organized.