Professor Emerita Suzanne Corkin dies at 79

Suzanne Hammond Corkin, professor of neuroscience emerita in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, died of liver cancer on May 24. She was 79. To the end of her life, Corkin retained her sense of humor and adventure. She was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the only child of Mabelle Dowling Hammond and Lester Hartz Hammond. She received her PhD from McGill University in 1964 under the tutelage of Brenda Milner. Corkin’s research during her 51-year career at MIT focused on the study of patients with neurological disease, with the goal of linking specific cognitive processes, particularly memory, to discrete brain circuits. She was well known for her investigation of the famous amnesic patient, H.M., whom she met in 1962 and studied until his death in 2008. Corkin…

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