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Dr. Richard Coppola

Dr. Richard Coppola, NIMH MEG Core Facility, found his calling—to study the brain—before neuroscience was a field and before computers were in general use. In college at MIT, he studied electrical engineering with the hopes of using it to map the brain someday. When he came to NIH in 1970, Coppola introduced computers to his NIMH laboratory, drastically reducing the time needed to do experiments. Now, as director of the NIMH MEG (Magnetoencephalography) Core Facility, he provides NIH researchers a non-invasive method to study brain function. Read his oral history at


Photo taken in 1983.


Credit: National Institutes of Health



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