Bill Newsome is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and professor of neurobiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He received a B.S. degree in physics from Stetson University and a Ph.D. in biology from the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Newsome is a leading investigator in systems and cognitive neuroscience. He has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying visual perception and simple forms of decision making. Among his honors are the Rank Prize in Optoelectronics, the W. Alden Spencer Award, Columbia University, the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, the Dan David Prize of Tel Aviv University, the Karl Spencer Lashley Award of the American Philosophical Society and the António Champalimaud Vision Award. His distinguished lectureships include the 13th Annual Marr Lecture at the University of Cambridge, the 9th Annual Brenda Milner Lecture at McGill University and, most recently, the Distinguished Visiting Scholar lectures at the Kavli Institute of Brain and Mind, University of California, San Diego. He was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 2000 and to the American Philosophical Society in 2011.