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Allan holds the 150th Anniversary Chair of Science and the Mind at the University of Sydney. He is the creator of What Makes a Champion?™, designated an official Olympic Cultural Event for Beijing 2008.

Previously he was a Guggenheim Fellow at Yale University’s School of Medicine and a Royal Society Research Fellow at the Physiology Laboratories of Cambridge University. He is a graduate of Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University College London.

His intriguing hypothesis that everyone possesses the extraordinary skills of savants, is declared “startling” by Nature, “a breakthrough that could lead to a revolution in the way we understand… the functioning of the human brain” by the New York Times, “brave and original” in a New Scientist cover story, and is featured in The Times of London, the BBC, CNN, and Barbara Walters ABC 20/20.

Allan Snyder is recognised for groundbreaking discoveries covering the fields of visual neurobiology, communications, optical physics and the mind sciences.

Dr Snyder received the world's "foremost prize in communication and information technology", the Marconi International Prize, in New York city in December 2001.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and the recipient of its 2001 Clifford Paterson Prize for "contributions which benefit mankind."

His discoveries in brain science are hailed in the prestigious journal Nature as "breaking a 19th century mindset", while his advances in physics are described in Science magazine as a "giant step forward" and featured in the Economist.

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