Suzanne Corkin (Suzanne Corkin)

Suzanne Corkin

Suzanne Corkin (May 18, 1937 – May 24, 2016) was a Professor of Neuroscience, Emeritus, in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, and was head of the Corkin Lab. She was born Suzanne Janet Hammond in Hartford, Connecticut, the daughter of Lester and Mabelle Dowling Hammond. Her research focused on the study of patients with neurological disease, with the goal of linking specific cognitive processes, particularly memory, to discrete brain circuits. Corkin is best known for her investigation of the famous amnesic patient, H.M., whom she met in 1962 and studied until his death in 2008. She discusses the story of H.M. in her book Permanent Present Tense, published in May 2013. She published over 100 research articles and was author or co-author of 10 books. Her marriage to Charles Corkin ended in divorce. She was survived by three adult children.

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  • May, 18, 1937
  • USA
  • Hartford, Connecticut


  • May, 24, 2016
  • USA
  • Danvers, Massachusetts

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