Woman of the Month!

I’m starting a new instalment on my blog called Woman of the Month, where each month I highlight a woman in the world who I think garners recognition. I started this mainly to increase Girl Power and empowerment, and because there’s a lot of women I feel are overlooked and I wanted to bring attention to them.

This month I’m starting big and highlighting Dr. Brenda Milner. This month she celebrated her 99th birthday and she’s nowhere near finishing her career.


From McGill University’s website:

Dr. Brenda Milner is the Dorothy J. Killam Professor at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, and a professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University.

Dr. Milner obtained her B.A. (1939) and M.A. (1949) in Experimental Psychology from the University of Cambridge. She completed her Ph.D. in Physiological Psychology in 1952 under the supervision of Dr. Donald Hebb at McGill. Dr. Milner obtained her D.Sc. in 1972 in Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge.


Dr. Milner is best known for her work with H.M., the famous patient with retrograde amnesia. She revolutionized the way we think about memory and their connections in the brain. To say she is anything less than amazing is an understatement. I mean listen to this list of awards:

Dr. Milner’s most recent accolades include the prestigious Dan David Prize and the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience in 2014, the Prix Hommage du 50e anniversaire from the Ordre des psychologues de Quebec and induction into the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame in 2012, the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize in 2011, the Norman A. Anderson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, the International Balzan Foundation Award ($1 million) and the Goldman-Rakic Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Cognitive Neuroscience by NARSAD in 2009, the NSERC Medal of Excellence (2009 and 2010), the Gairdner International Award in 2005, and the Prix Wilder Penfield (Prix du Québec,) in 1993. Dr. Milner is a fellow of the Royal Society of London and the Royal Society of Canada.  She is a Companion of the Order of Canada and in 2009 was promoted to Grand Officer of the Order of Quebec.

In 1997 she was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

(emphasis added by me)

Apparently McGill told her she wasn’t allowed to take on more grad students because they were worried she’d die before they graduated, and she kicked up enough of a fuss that they let her.

As a young woman in psychology, I really admire her.


Thanks for reading! xx

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