Dr. Thomas Südhof, a 2013 Nobel Laureate, will deliver the address at Stevenson School’s 64th commencement exercises on Sunday afternoon, May 21, in Wandke Amphitheater. A neuroscientist at Stanford, Dr. Südhof’s contributions to the understanding of how cells operate and how connections form within the human brain represent over three decades of research and have resulted in remarkable advances in the field.
Dr. Südhof was born in Göttingen, Germany, and obtained his M.D. and doctoral degrees from the University of Göttingen. He performed his doctoral thesis work at the Max-Planck-Institut in Göttingen. Südhof began his independent career as an assistant professor at UT Southwestern in Dallas in 1986, where he served as the founding chair of the Department of Neuroscience. In 2008, Südhof moved to Stanford, and became the Avram Goldstein Professor in the School of Medicine at Stanford University. His many professional honors and awards include the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience in 2010 and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2013.
He is married to Lu Chen, a professor of neurosurgery and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford. They have three children. Dr. Südhof has four more children from a previous marriage. He studied music in his youth, describes his bassoon instructor as his most influential teacher, and is an eloquent advocate for the connections between science and the arts.
Dr. Südhof’s insights will be a marvelous complement to the Class of 2017’s achievements, and it will be a pleasure to welcome him to our community on such a special day.