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Prof. Uner Tan

Senior scientist

Brief Biography:










Honorary Member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences

Professional Member of the American Academy of Neuropsychology

Liaison Member of the American Psychological Association

Member of the World Innovation Foundation

Senior Researcher in Cukurova University




Place of birth: Unye, Ordu, Turkey

Date of birth : 1 May 1937




1945-1950: Primary School, Vezirkopru, Samsun, Turkey

1950-1954: Middle School and Lyceum, Osmancik and Corum, Turkey

1954-1956: Lyceum, Izmir, Turkey

1956-1960: Egean University, Medical School, Izmir, Turkey

1960-1966: Goettingen University, Medical School, Germany

1960-1966: Ph.D. Max-Planck Institute for Medical Research, Goettingen, Germany




1966-1967:Ass. Prof., Max-Planck Institute for Medical Reserach, Goettingen, Germany

1967-1969: Ass. Prof. Institute of Physiology, Goettingen University, Germany

1969-1973: Lecturer, Institute of Physiology, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

1973-1977: Assoc. Professor for Physiology, Medical Schools of Hacettepe (Ankara) and

     Ataturk (Erzurum) Universities, Turkey

1977-1999: Professor of Physiology, Ataturk University, Medical School, Erzurum,Turkey

1973-1999: Head of the Department of Physiology, Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey

1999-2002: Head of the Department of Physiology, Medical School, BlackSea Technical

     University, Trabzon, Turkey

2002-2004: Head of the Department of Neurophysiology Unit, Adana, Turkey




2002-2009:  Editor, International Journal of Neuroscience, USA

2002-2008: Editorial board, Perceptual and Motor Skills, USA

2002-present: Editor for Neurophysiology section in the Journal of Neuroquantology, Turkey

2008-present: Editorial Board in the Journal of Neuroquantology, Izmir, Turkey

2011: Editorial Board in “International Journal of Basic and Clinical Research” 

1980-present: Reviewer for the various international and national scientific periodicals





1973: Science Award for young scientists, Turkish Scientific and Technical Council

1986: Science Award, Turkish Scientific and Technical Council, Ankara, Turkey

1975: Eczacibasi Medical Award, Istanbul, Turkey, Istanbul, Turkey

1980: Dorothea Morton First Prize for Neurological Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey

1988: Sedat Simavi Medical Award, Istanbul, Turkey

1985: Ph. D., Honoris Causa in education, USA  

1986: Einstein Medals for science and peace, USA

1987: Medal of Honour, USA

1991: Nobel Medals for Science and Peace, Albert Einstein Foundation, USA

1992: Golden Academy Award for Lifelong Achievement, USA

1998: Gold Record for Brain Research, American Biographical Institute, USA




Turkish Academy of Sciences

American National Academy of Neuropsychology

New York Academy of Sciences

International Brain Research Organization

European Neuroscience Association

Society for Psychophysiological Research

National Societies for EEG, EMG, and Neurology

American Psychological Association

World Innovation Foundation




Physiology and pharmacology of the spinal and cerebral motor systems


Mechanisms of the effects of the antidepressant drugs

Microelectrode studies of the pyramidal neurons in cats

Asymmetric brain in mice, rats, cats, and humans

Primitive reflexes in human neonates

Sex differences in cerebral lateralization and cognition

Hand preference and hand skill in relation to sex hormones


Finger-length patterns and sex differences to sex hormones

Uner Tan Syndrome (habitual quadrupedalism + impaired cognition + cerebellovermial hypoplasia




Around 180 articles on spinocerebral motor control, intelligence, spinal and cerebral lateralization, sex differences in cognition and handedness in relation to sex hormones in men and women, finger-length patterns in relation to sex hormones, and Uner Tan Syndrome, published in periodicals included in Science Citation Index (1966-present), with nearly 2000 citations since 1966






Married four times with Nazife, Sezer, Sule, and Meliha

Four children:

Alper (35ya), Utkan (30ya) from Nazife and

Sevgi (14ya) and Sezgi (11ya) from Meliha





Violin playing since 1952, first violinist in Izmir Philharmony orchestra (1956-1960) and in  

      the Academic Orchestra of Goettingen University, Germany  (1960-1966).

Stamp collecting

Human and animal behavior











Academic positions:

1977: Professor of Physiology

1975-1999: Head of the Department of Physiology, Ataturk Univers,ty, Erzurum, Turkey

1999-2002: Head of the Department of Physiology, BlackSea Technical University, Trabzon, Turkey

 2002-2004: head of the Neurophysiology Unit, Adana, Turkey




Research interests:

Uner Tan syndrome, spino-cerebral motor system, locomotion, evolution,

intelligence, cerebral laterality, sex-related differences, sex hormones, development, gaits,

primatology, finger-length patterns


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