Journal of Neurology

, Volume 265, Issue 2, pp 449–450 | Cite as

Eric Heinz Lenneberg (1921–1975)

  • Elia ZaninEmail author
  • Andrea Moro
  • Stefano Sandrone
Pioneers in Neurology

Eric Heinz Lenneberg was born on September 19, 1921 in Düsseldorf, Germany, where he attended school until 1933 [1]. Then, he had to move to Brazil with his family because of the widely spreading Nazi anti-Jewish persecution in Europe. In 1945, Lenneberg moved to the United States: he obtained a B.A. degree in 1949 from the University of Chicago [1, 2] and, six years later, a Ph.D. in Psychology and Linguistics from Harvard University [3]. At the Harvard Medical School, he studied neuroscience as a Russell Sage fellow [1]. He then taught at Harvard University, worked in the Center for Cognitive Studies [3] and carried out research on language development in children at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston as a member of Massachusetts Institute of Technology [1, 2]. Shortly afterwards, he became a member of United States Public Health Service (USPHS), specifically of the Mental Health Service Administration [1].

In 1964, Lenneberg published The capacity of language...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ospedale Riabilitativo di Alta Specializzazione di Motta di Livenza, Spinal Cord Injury and Severe Acquired Brain Injury CenterMotta di Livenza (TV)Italy
  2. 2.University School for Advanced Study, IUSSPaviaItaly
  3. 3.Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

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