Henry Markram

Founder and Director, Blue Brain Project

Henry Markram is Project Director of the Blue Brain Project, Director of the Center for Neuroscience & Technology, and founder and co-Director of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology’s (EPFL) Brain Mind Institute. Markram founded the Blue Brain Project in 2005, digitally reconstructing and simulating the brain on supercomputers. In 2011, he started forming a consortium of 112 universities and developed a proposal for the Human Brain Project to scale up to reconstructing and eventually simulating the human brain. In 2013, the Human Brain Project won a €1 billion euro grant for over 10 years from the European Commission. He finished school in 1980 at Kearsney College in South Africa, studied medicine and neuroscience at Cape Town University in 1988, obtained a PhD in neuroscience at the Weizmann Institute in 1991, completed postdoctoral work as a Fulbright Scholar at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1992, and was a Minerva Fellow at the Max-Planck in 1994.