Congratulations to Simon Baron-Cohen who has been awarded a Knights Batchelor in the 2021 New Year’s Honours list for services to peoples with Autism.
Simon Baron-Cohen is a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry University of Cambridge and Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is Director of the Autism Research Centre.
He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences and the American Psychological Association. He is Vice-President of the National Autistic Society and was President of the International Society for Autism Research from 2017 to 2019.
As the author of over 600 peer-reviewed scientific articles, he has made many contributions to autism research. His books include Mindblindness: An Essay on Autism and Theory of Mind; The Essential Difference; and Zero degrees of Empathy.
His most recent work The Pattern Seekers: A New Theory of Human Invention puts forward the theory that human invention is due to an ability to identify ‘if-and-then’ patterns and that these genes overlap with those linked to autism.
He recently discussed his theory on BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week>>