Üner Tan was born in Ünye, Ordu in Turkey on 1 May, 1937, and attended high school in Izmir, Turkey, followed by medical school at Aegean University in Izmir. He moved to Germany to attend Goettingen University, where he earned his Medical Doctorate degree. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Max-Planck Institute for Medical Research in Goettingen. Tan returned to Turkey in 1969 and worked as a Lecturer and then an Associate Professor at Hacettepe and Atatürk Universities in Turkey. He was the Head of the Department of Physiology at Atatürk University from 1973 to 1999 and Black Sea Technical University until 2002. He was the Head of the Neurophysiology Unit at Çukurova University in Adana until 2004. He remains at Çukurova University as a Senior Researcher. Tan’s many research interests include the spinal and cerebral motor systems, epilepsy, sex differences in cerebral lateralization and cognition, and Uner Tan Syndrome, which involves habitual quadrupedalism. His publications include around 180 papers in the Science Citation Index and almost 2000 citations since 1966. Tan’s memberships include the American Academy of Neuropsychology, World Innovation Foundation, the American Psychological Association, and Honorary Membership of the Turkish Academy of Sciences. He also belongs to the New York Academy of Sciences, the European Neuroscience Association, and several other professional associations. Tan has served as an Editor or Member of Editorial Boards for journals such as the International Journal of Neuroscience and Perceptual and Motor Skills. He is currently on the Editorial Board of the journal of NeuroQuantology and acts as a reviewer for various scientific periodicals. Tan has gained many awards, including Turkish awards such as the Dorothea Morton First Prize for Neurological Sciences (1980) and Science Award from Turkish Technical and Scientific Council. His USA awards include Einstein Medals for Science and Peace (1986), Medal of Honor (1987), and Nobel Medals for Science and Peace (1991).
Biography Updated on 29 August 2011