On This Day … 28 October

People (Births)

  • 1943 – Karalyn Patterson, English psychologist and academic.

Karalyn Patterson

Karalyn Eve Patterson, FRS, FBA, FMedSci (née Friedman; born 28 October 1943) is a British psychologist in Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge and MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit.

She is a specialist in cognitive neuropsychology and an Emeritus Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge.


Patterson attended South Shore High School, Chicago, from which she graduated in 1961. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of California, San Diego, in 1971.

Career and Research

In 1975, Patterson moved to England to take a position at the Applied Psychology Unit of the Medical Research Council (MRC) in Cambridge.

Awards and Honours

Patterson is one of a select group of academics that are fellows of both the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy for science, and the British Academy, the UK’s national academy for humanities and social sciences.

In 2020, she was awarded the Suffrage Science Life Sciences Award.

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