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Simon LeVay
(August 28, 1943 - living) U.K. - U.S.A.

Simon LeVay

Medical researcher


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)
Web-site: http://members.aol.com/slevay/index.html
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