(August 28, 1943 - living) U.K. - U.S.A.
Simon LeVay was born in Oxford, U.K., and undertook his secondary education at Dulwich College. He went to study medicine as an undergraduate at Cambridge University, Britain, getting a BA in Natural Sciences in 1966. He transferred to the University of Göttingen in Germany to study Neuroanatomy, and went on to obtain a PhD in 1971.
In 1972 he entered Harvard Medical School as a Postdoctoral Reseach Fellow an in 1974 he became a member of the Harvard medical school where he taught. In 1984 he became a staff scientist at the Salk Institute in San Diego. In 1990, the death from AIDS-related illness of his partner of 21-years, redirected his neurobilogical research on sexuality.
LeVay's landmark study in human sexuality, he has found a subtle physiological difference between the brains of gay and straight men. The difference can be found in a tiny cluster of cells within a region of the brain known as the hypothalamus.
His 1991 paper was taken up by the media and he became a celebrity. In 1992 he took leave to direct the West Hollywood Institute for Gay and Lesbian Education in Los Angeles, a new advocacy foundation to promote the interests of lesbian and gay people. He lives in West Hollywood, where he continues to work as an educator and a writer. He is a naturalized U.S.A. citizen.
His work include:
- A Difference in Hypothalamic Structure Between Heterosexual and Homosexual men (1991)
- The Sexual Brain (1993)
- City of Friends: A Protrait of the Gay and Lesbian Community in America (1995)
- Queer Science: The Use and Abuse of Research into Homosexuality (1996)
- Sex and the single gene (1996)
- Albrick's Gold (1997)
- The Earth in Turmoil: Earthquakes and Volcanoes and their Impact on Humankind (1998)
- Here Be Dragons: The Scientific Quest for Extraterrestrial Life (2000)
- Healing the Brain: A Doctor's Controversial Quest for a Cure for Parkinson's Disease (2002)
- Human Sexuality (2002)