Leaders in SHAPE: Simon Baron-Cohen

14 Jun 2021

Headshot of Simon Baron-Cohen

Meet the most influential figures within and beyond academia shaping the fields of social sciences, humanities and the arts.

As part of the Leaders in SHAPE series, psychologist and leading expert on autism Simon Baron-Cohen joins Saba Salman to discuss his life, career and latest book The Pattern Seekers.

Simon Baron-Cohen is a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge and Director of their Autism Research Centre. He has published over 600 peer reviewed scientific articles, which have made major contributions to many aspects of autism research, to typical cognitive sex differences, and synaesthesia research. He created the first UK clinic for adults with suspected Asperger Syndrome in 1999 that has helped over 1,000 patients to have their disability recognised and has written a number of books including Mindblindness: An Essay on Autism and Theory of Mind (1995), Autism and Asperger Syndrome: The Facts (2008), Zero Degrees of Empathy: A New Theory of Human Cruelty (2011) and The Pattern Seekers: A New Theory of Human Invention (2020). Baron-Cohen is a Fellow of the British Academy, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Vice-President of the National Autistic Society. He received a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours List 2021 for services to people with autism.

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Speaker: Professor Sir Simon Baron-Cohen FBA, Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Cambridge; Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge; Director of the Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge

Chair: Saba Salman, Journalist, author and editor of Made Possible: stories of success by learning disabled people in their own words; Chair, Sibs

In the Leaders in SHAPE series, meet the most influential figures shaping the fields of social sciences, humanities and the arts for a conversation about their lives and careers. A video is made available on YouTube following the event.

If you have any questions about this talk, please email events@thebritishacademy.ac.uk.

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