Sir John C. Eccles (1903-1997): Library, Archives & Symposium

"[…] The last journey of my odyssey is now ended, again across the ocean to Europe […] I have here all my books and journals - many thousands of volumes and a large collection of reprints, so that I can continue my academic life, concentrating on the field that lured me into neurophysiology over 50 years ago - the mind-brain problem."
(From: John C. Eccles, My Scientific Odyssey. In: Ann. Rev. Physiology 39 (1977), 1-18, here: 17).

After publishing this intention in the same year as "The Self and Its Brain" with Karl Popper, John Eccles wrote over 150 papers and 14 books (6 of them with several re-editions and 17 translations) in the following two decades. After his death, Lady Helena Eccles donated his private library, manuscripts and correspondence in order to create an Archive in the Library of the Institute for the History of Medicine of Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf in 2009. Here the opportunity will be provided to study the archival material at Sir John''s original desk with the background of his own library on open stacks.
Since 2010 July 14th the library is accessible (Mo-Fri 9-13, cf. website of the Medical History Library, reservation by phone +49-(0)211-81-13945 or email recommended).  Since 2013, Oct. 16 the Archives are open for scholarly use as far as files are not under retention, cataloguing is continued successively and file descriptions are searchable online via the internet portal Kalliope:

All information is to be displayed on this website (shortlink:

For more detailed information see:
CV John C. Eccles
List of Publications by John C. Eccles
Eccles' Private Library Catalogue
Eccles Archives and online catalogue via Kalliope, incl. short manual
Link to Cécile and Oskar Vogt Archives

Literature: Hans-Joachim Freund,  Ulrich Koppitz, Alfons Labisch  (eds.), The legacy of John C. Eccles - selected letters (1937-1963) and guide to the archive in Düsseldorf, Aachen (Shaker)  2011.  ISBN: 978-3-8440-0367-3. PDF for download here.
Progress in Neurobiology 78 (2006), 135-326 = Special Issue: The Contributions of John Carew Eccles to Contemporary Neuroscience, ed. by Douglas G. Stuart

Advisory Board: Prof. Hans-Joachim Freund (Düsseldorf), Prof. Dr.phil. Alfons Labisch (Düsseldorf), Prof. Dr.h.c. Wolfgang Schürer (St. Gallen), Prof. Dr. Thomas A. Sears (London), Prof. Helmut Sies (Düsseldorf), Prof. Dr.phil. Henrik Walter (Berlin), Prof. Karl Zilles (Jülich/ Düsseldorf).

Funding agencies: Since 2009 this project is supported by the Society of Friends and Supporters of Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf / Gesellschaft von Freunden und Förderern der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf.
In 2012 the archives has been catalogued within the framework of the online portal kalliope with support by the German Research Foundation / Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG who are also co-sponsoring the symposion "The Legacy of Sir John C. Eccles" in Düsseldorf, 2011 Sept. 10-11.

The Legacy of Sir John Eccles, FRS, Nobel Laureate

Symposium 2011, September 10-11

Venue: North Rhine-Westfalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts,
Duesseldorf (Germany)


09:00 Opening
Karl Zilles (Düsseldorf): Welcome Address
Hans-Joachim Freund (Düsseldorf): Securing the Eccles Archive

09:20 Overview of Eccles’ work
The Physiological Society Lecture, Thomas A. Sears (London): One Man’s Odyssey

10:00 Working with ‘Prof’: Scholars reflect
Robert F. Schmidt (Würzburg): Canberra Legacy – pre-synaptic inhibition
Per Andersen (Oslo): Canberra Legacy – John Eccles and hippocampal synapses:   
                               Reminiscences of a wonderful apprenticeship 
Donald Faber (New York): Buffalo legacy – cerebellum
11:30 Coffee break

12:00 Influence of Eccles’ work, directly or indirectly, on other  schools
Hans Hultborn (Copenhagen): Motoneurones – the Scandinavian School
Elzbieta Jankowska  (Göteborg): From Single Interneurons to Neuronal Networks
Masao Ito (Tokyo): The Cerebellum in a Nutshell – the Japanese School
13:30 Lunch Break (at the Academy)

14:30 Contemporary research in fields of interest to Eccles
Michael Hausser (London): Spatial Distribution of Electrical Excitability
Roger Nicoll (San Francisco): Molecular Dissection of Synaptic Transmission
Ian Forsythe (Leicester): Structure and Function at a Giant Synapse: Approaching the
                                    Biophysical Limits of Information Transmission?
16:00 Coffee break

16:30 Central processingin relation to neural networks
Tim Bliss (London): Sir John Eccles and the Early Days of LTP
Wolf Singer (Frankfurt): Synchronized Oscillations: A basic mechanism for dynamic
                                   coordination of cortical functions
David A. McCormick (Yale): Dynamics of Cortical Network Activity

19:00 Reception and Dinner (at the Academy)
After-dinner address, Douglas Stuart (Tucson): Our Debt to Sir John Eccles


09:00 Cerebral cortex and higher level function
Gyorgy Buzsaki (Newark): Oscillatory Activity
Piergiorgio Strata (Torino): The Emotional Cerebellum
Semir Zeki (London): From Colour to Paintings –  the objectivity of  subjective experience
Henrik Walter (Berlin):The Self and It’s Brain Revisited: Neurophilosophy Today
11:00 Coffee break

11:30 Historical perspectives
Richard Rokyta (Prague): Sir John and the Charles Medal
Alfons Labisch, Ulrich Koppitz (Düsseldorf): Research Opportunities with the Eccles Collection in Düsseldorf
12:30 Conclusion

Funding agencies co-sponsoring this symposium at the North Rhine-Westfalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts:
German Research Foundation / Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG (Bonn)
Foundation Lindau Nobelprizewinners Meetings at Lake Constance /
Stiftung Lindauer Nobelpreisträgertreffen am Bodensee (Lindau)
Physiological Society (London)
Leopoldina Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften / Leopoldina National Academy of Science (Halle)
Cécile und Oskar Vogt Institut für Hirnforschung GmbH (Düsseldorf)
Society of Friends and Supporters of Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf /
Gesellschaft von Freunden und Förderern der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf e.V. (Düsseldorf)

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