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D. Kent Morest
American academic

D. Kent Morest

D. Kent Morest
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Intro American academic
Is Scientist Academic
From United States of America
Field Education Science
Gender male
Birth 4 October 1934, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Age 87 years
Star sign Libra
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D. Kent Morest (born October 4, 1934 in Kansas City, MO) is an American educator and researcher. He is regarded as "the father of modern neuroanatomy of the auditory system.". His unconventional use of Golgi methods to study the neuroanatomy of the auditory nervous system in humans and mammals laid the foundation for investigations into central auditory signal processing. Other notable research interests include developmental neurobiology, and the processes related to hearing loss induced by exposure to loud noises.


Morest graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 1955. As a medical school student, he was a fellow at the Montreal Neurological Institute, a Brown Student Fellow at Yale, and a Foreign Fellow of Yale at University College London. He received his M.D. with honors from Yale University in 1960.

Professional career

Morest is best known for his usage of the Golgi Method and detail-oriented microscopy work throughout his research career, which led to the uncovering of important advances in understanding neural structure and function. Rather than using the traditional method of presenting the cells treated with Golgi techniques as opaque blobs on a neutral background, he took the unconventional step of including illustrations of the textures, dimensions, and surfaces of the cells in his studies, which he believed allowed for a richer understanding of the microscopist’s experience. He spearheaded the advancement of neuroscience (particularly auditory neuroscience) at the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC). He also founded the High Tech Center at UCHC. Dr. Morest was vital to the creation of the neuroscience doctoral program as well as the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Connecticut.


  • 1955 A.B. University of Chicago
  • 1960 M.D. Yale University
  • 1960-1963 Senior Assistant Surgeon, Neuroanatomical Sciences, NIH
  • 1963-1965 Assistant Professor of Anatomy, University of Chicago
  • 1965-1977 Assistant, Associate Professor, Anatomy Department, Harvard Medical School
  • 1977-2000 Professor of Anatomy, University of Connecticut
  • 2000-2012 Professor of Neuroscience, University of Connecticut (retirement)


  • The Charles Judson Herrick Award for Meritorious Contributions to Comparative Neurology, 1966, American Association of Anatomists.
  • Charles N. Loeser Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Basic Medical Sciences, The University of Connecticut Health Center, 1981.
  • Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award, 1984, NINDS, NIH.
  • Claude Pepper Award, 1990, NIDCD, NIH.
  • Professional Achievement Award, 2009, University of Chicago Alumni, University of Chicago.

Personal life

In 1963, Morest married lab technician Rosemary Richtmyer. They had two children, Lydia and Claude.


Morest has authored, co-authored and edited a number of books and articles.

Selected Papers


  • Morest, D. Kent; Winer, Jeffery A. (1986). The Comparative Anatomy of Neurons: Homologous Neurons in the Medial Geniculate Body of the Opossum and the Cat. Advances in Anatomy, Embryology, and Cell Biology. Springer. ISBN 978-3-642-70652-3.
  • Roberts, Melville; Hanaway, Joseph; Morest, D Kent (1987). Atlas of the Human Brain in Section. Lea & Febiger. ISBN 978-0-8121-1030-2.
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