Dr. Edward G. “Ted” Jones, distinguished neuroscientist died Monday 6 June 2011 at the age of 72. Dr. Jones collapsed while talking with colleagues at a scientific meeting at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He suffered sudden cardiac death.
Jack Glasser, president of MBF Bioscience said, “Ted was an outstanding neuroanatomist. Among many of his accomplishments, his work on brainmaps.org was a great contribution to neuroscience. Ted was a longtime customer of MBF, and over the years we became friendly. I always enjoyed our conversations, especially discussing his ideas about adding new features to our software. I will certainly miss him.”
Dr. Jones was the director of the Center for Neuroscience at UC Davis. A legendary expert in neuroscience, Dr. Jones was president of the Society for Neuroscience in 1998. He was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 2004. Dr. Jones performed groundbreaking research into questions about brain function in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Dr. Jones earned a medical degree from the University of Otago (New Zealand) and a doctorate in neuroanatomy from Oxford University (England). He held academic and research positions in New Zealand, in Oxford, at Washington University in St. Louis, and at both UC Irvine and UC Davis.
He is survived by his wife Sue, son Christopher, daughter Philippa Barrett, and three grandchildren. Dr. Jones is also survived by his brother Peter and sister Pauline Martin in New Zealand.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11am, Friday 17 June 2011 at the Buehler Visitor and Alumni Center at UC Davis.