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Marian Diamond
Born
Marian Cleeves

(1926-11-11)November 11, 1926
Died July 25, 2017(2017-07-25) (aged 90)
Nationality American
Alma mater
Spouse(s)
  • Richard Martin Diamond (1950–1979 div.)
  • Arnold Bernard Scheibel (1982–2017, his death)
Children
  • Catherine Theresa Diamond (1953)
  • Richard Cleeves Diamond (1955)
  • Jeff Barja Diamond (1958)
  • Ann Diamond (1962)
Awards The Distinguished Senior Woman Scholar in America awarded by the American Association of University Women
Scientific career
Fields Neuroanatomy, Anatomy, Education
Institutions University of California, Berkeley
Thesis Functional Interrelationships of the Hypothalamus and the Neurohypophysis (1953)

Marian Diamond (born Cleeves; November 11, 1926 – July 25, 2017) was a pioneering scientist and educator who is considered one of the founders of modern neuroscience. She and her team were the first to publish evidence that the brain can change with experience and improve with enrichment, what is now called neuroplasticity. Her research on the brain of Albert Einstein helped fuel the ongoing scientific revolution in understanding the roles of glial cells in the brain. Her YouTube Integrative Biology lectures were the second most popular college course in the world in 2010. She was a professor of anatomy at the University of California, Berkeley. Other published research explored differences between the cerebral cortex of male and female rats, the link between positive thinking and immune health, and the role of women in science.

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