John Raymond Smythies


BIRTHDATE:           November 30, 1922


CITIZENSHIP:         Joint US/UK  


MARITAL STATUS:    Married: two sons



Cheltenham College Junior School, Cheltenham,1931-1936

Rugby School, Rugby 1936-1940

Christ’s College, Cambridge, 1940-1942

University College Hospital, London, 1942-1955



M. A., Cambridge (Natural Sciences. 2.1) 1942

M.B. B.Chir., Cambridge      1945 (equivalent to a US M.D.)

D.P.M., London         1952 (Diploma in Psychological Medicine)

M.D., Cambridge (equivalent to US Ph. D.) (Neuroanatomy) 1955

M. Sc., University of British Columbia (Neuroanatomy,

Philosophy & Anthropology) 1955

M.R.C.P., London     1958

M.Sc. Cambridge       1958 (Psychology)

F.R.C.Psych., London           1971

F.R.C.P., London       1974




Exhibition and College Prize, Christ’s College, Cambridge, 1941

Nuffield Fellowship in Medicine, 1955-1957

Co-Editor, International Revue of Neurobiology, 1958-1991

Consultant in Biological Psychiatry, WHO, 1963

Member of Research Committee, Mental Health Research Fund, 1962-1968       

Advisor, Scientific Group on Psychopharmacology, WHO, 1964

European Secretary, Symposium on Amines and Schizophrenia, Atlantic City, 1965

Elected to Neuropharmacology Panel, IBRO           1965

Elected to Advisory Editorial Board, Psychopharmacologia, 1965

Consultant, WHO 1967-1968

Resident Scientist, Neurosciences Research Program, MIT, 1968

Visiting Psychiatist, Massachusetts General Hospital (with Dr.

Seymour Kety), 1968

Elected Member of the Athenaeum, London           1968

Chairman. N.R.P. Work Session on Hallucinogenic Drugs, 1969

Elected to the Advisory Editorial Board British Journal of Psychiatry 1969

Co-Chairman, Scientific Advisory Board,   

Nelson Research and Development Company, Irvine, CA. 1970-1976     

Elected Member of Honor of the Argentine Association of Biological Psychiatry, 1972

Visiting Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Alabama Medical Center, 1969-1973

Vice-President, International Society of      

Psychoneuroendocrinology. 1969-1970

President, International Society of   

Psychoneuroendocrinology, 1970-1974

Co-Chairman, Session on Medicinal Chemistry, International Congress of Pharmacology, San Francisco, 1972

Chairman, Symposium on the Molecular Structure of the Sodium Channel, 6th Winter Conference on Brain Research, Vail, 1973      

Elected member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 1974

Appointed to the Associate Editorial Board, Journal of Neuroscience Research, 1974

Elected Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, 1974     

Appointed to Editorial Board, Journal of Receptor Research, 1979

Appointed to Editorial Board, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Research, 1979

Appointed to Editorial Board, Psychological           Medicine 1979

Visiting Scholar, Department of Philosophy,           Stanford University, 1991

Visiting Scholar, Department of  Neuroscience, U.C.S.D. 1992

Visiting Scholar, Department of Psychology, U.C.S.D. 1993-1998

Visiting Scholar, Department of Philosophy,  University of Washington, 1994-1995

Member, Editorial Board, Encyclopedia of the Human Brain 1998-

Appointed to Editorial Board Neurotoxicity Research 1998

Elected President of the International Society for Neurotoxicity Research, 2002.




Research Scientist, Department of Psychology, University of California San Diego, 1999- (Visiting Scholar 1992-1999).

Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Neurology, National Hospital, Queen Square, London. 1989-2006.

Visiting Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard University, 2001.

Charles Byron Ireland Professor of Psychiatric Research, Professor of Biochemistry, Professor of Pharmacology, Department of Psychiatry, University of Alabama at Birmingham. 1973 -1989: Emeritus, 1989-present.

Reader in Psychiatry, 1968-1973; Senior Lecturer, 1961-1968; University of Edinburgh; Consultant Psychiatrist to the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and to the Royal Infirmary, 1961-1973.

Senior Registrar, Professorial Unit, Maudsley Hospital, and Clinical Assistant to Dr. William Gooddy, National Hospital, Queen Square, London 1959-1961.

Scientist, Laboratory of Neurophysiology, Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology (with Dr. Hudson Hoagland); Psychiatrist, Worcester State Hospital, Worcester, Mass. 1958-1959.

Psychiatrist and Principle Researcher, Galesburg State Research Hospital, Galesburg, Illinois (with Dr. Harold E. Himwich), 1957-1958.

Research Student, Psychological Laboratory, Cambridge University (with Professor O.L. Zangwill; and Clinical Assistant, Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge, 1955-1957.

Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Department of Physiology, Australian National University (with Professor J.C. Eccles. 1955).

Research Fellow, Laboratory for Neuroscience, University of British Columbia (with Professor William C. Gibson), 1953-1955.

Psychiatrist, Saskatchewan Hospital, Weyburn, Canada (with Dr. Humphry Osmond), 1952-1953.

E.E.G. Registrar, National Hospital, Queen Square, London, 1951-1952.

Psychiatric Registrar, St. George’s Hospital, London. 1950-1951.

House Surgeon, Charing Cross Hospital, London. 1949.

Surgical Registrar, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, 1949.

Surgeon-Lieutenant, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, 1946-1948.

House-Surgeon, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Ealing, 1945-1946.


 Learned Societies


The International Society for Psychoneuroendocrinology (President 1970-1974)


Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine


Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association


Member of the Society for Biological Psychiatry


Secretary of the Sherrington Society


Member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology


Member of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics


Member of the Association for Research in Nervous and Mental Disease


Member of the Experimental Psychology Society


Member of the Experimental Analysis of Behaviour Group


Member of the Biophysical Society


Member of the International Opiate Research Club


Member of the Society for Psychical Research



John R. Smythies

May 12, 2016