Campus professor emeritus of neurobiology Walter Jackson Freeman III dies at 89

UC Berkeley professor emeritus of neurobiology Walter Jackson Freeman III, remembered for his innovation and unyielding open-mindedness, died April 24 in his Berkeley home. He was 89. Freeman, who was born on Jan. 30, 1927 in Washington D.C., studied a variety of fields during his undergraduate years, including physics, English, philosophy and electronics. He will likely be most remembered, however, for his contributions to the field now known as neuroscience. According to David Presti, campus professor of neurobiology, Freeman was among the first UC Berkeley faculty to actively pursue neuroscience when he arrived on campus in 1959. Freeman took on the difficult task of investigating and conceptualizing how millions of neurons operate together to dictate human behavior, Presti said. Presti added that in the 1980s, at a time when undergraduateā€¦


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