Edvard Moser

Edvard Moser

Edvard Moser, 2015
Born (1962-04-27) 27 April 1962
Ålesund, Norway
Residence Trondheim, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Fields Neuroscience
Institutions Norwegian University of Science and Technology
University of Edinburgh
Alma mater University of Oslo
Known for Grid cells, place cells, border cells, neurons
Notable awards Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2014)
Spouse May-Britt Moser (1985–2016)

Edvard Ingjald Moser (born 27 April 1962) (pronounced [ɛdvɑɖ moːsɛr]) is a Norwegian psychologist and neuroscientist, who is a scientific member of the Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology near Munich, Germany.[1] He shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2014 with his then-wife May-Britt Moser and their mentor John O'Keefe for their work identifying the place cells that make up the brain's positioning system.

Moser was born to German parents who had moved to Norway in the 1950s, and grew up in Ålesund. He studied psychology at the University of Oslo, was appointed as associate professor in psychology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 1996 and was promoted to professor of neuroscience in 1998. He later became head of department of the Institute for Systems Neuroscience at NTNU.

Early life

Moser was born in Ålesund to German parents who had emigrated from Germany to Norway in the 1950s. His mother originally was from Essen and his father from Kronberg im Taunus. Moser is a South German topographic name for someone who lived near a swamp or mire (South German Moos). The Moser family initially lived at Haramsøya, where his father, a pipe organ builder, was employed. Later they relocated, first to Hareid and then to Ålesund.[2][3][4]

Edvard Moser married May-Britt Moser in 1985 when they were both students.[5] They announced that they are divorcing in 2016.[6]


Edvard Moser was awarded the cand.psychol. degree in psychology from the University of Oslo in 1990 and the dr.philos. doctoral research degree in the field of neurophysiology in 1995.[7] He also has studied mathematics and statistics.[8] Early in his career, he worked under the supervision of Per Andersen.

Moser went on to undertake postdoctoral training with Richard G. Morris at the Centre for Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh, from 1995 to 1997,[9] and was a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the laboratory of John O'Keefe at the University College, London for two months.

Moser returned to Norway in 1996 to be appointed associate professor in biological psychology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, which he held until 1998. In the same year, Moser was promoted to a position as full professor of Neuroscience at NTNU. Moser is also head of department of the NTNU Institute for Systems Neuroscience.

He is a member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters,[10] Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters,[11] and the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences.[12]

He is also an Honorary Professor at the Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems at the University of Edinburgh Medical School.[9]



Edvard Moser has been a member of the board of reviewing editors in science since 2004 and he has been reviewing editor for Journal of Neuroscience since 2005. Edvard Moser chaired the programme committee of the European Neuroscience meeting (FENS Forum) in 2006.

Selected publications

List of publications by Edvard Moser in CRIStin


  1. "- Det er helt sprøtt". Dagbladet.no.
  2. Inger Otterlei. "Nobelprisen neste?". smp.no.
  3. Fridgeir Walderhaug. "Flagget for May-Britt og Edvard". Dagbladet.no.
  4. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH (7 October 2014). "Zu Besuch bei Nobelpreisträgerin May-Britt Moser". FAZ.NET.
  5. James Gorman (30 April 2013). "A Sense of Where You Are". The New York Times.
  6. Magnus Braaten. "Nobelpris-paret Moser skilles". VG.
  7. Moser, M-B. (1995). Field potential changes in the dentate gyrus during spatial learning in the rat. Thesis for the degree of Dr. Philos., University of Oslo (defended on 9 December 1995).
  8. FENS Office (23 May 2013). "Moser, Edvard I.". FENS.org.
  9. 1 2 "Nobels for research pioneers". University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  10. "Gruppe IV Generell biologi" (in Norwegian). Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  11. "Gruppe 7: Medisinske fag" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Retrieved 28 October 2009.
  12. "Medlemmer: MOSER, Edvard" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  13. Mangler informasjonskapsel. "The Anders Jahre Senior Medical Prize". uio.no. (registration required (help)).
  14. 13th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize Recipients UNC Neuroscience Center. Retrieved 23 September 2013
  15. "The Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize". columbia.edu.
  16. Award Ceremonies Amphilsoc.org. Retrieved 21 March 2014
  17. Svein Inge Meland (30 April 2014) Unik ære til Moserne (Norwegian) Adressa. Retrieved 30 April 2014.

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