Semir Zeki (born on 8 November 1940) is one of the most distinguished contemporary neuroscientists. He studied at the University College London, where he gained a BSc in 1964 and a PhD in 1967, both on the subject of Anatomy. From 1980 to 1985, he was Henry Head Research Fellow of the Royal Society, and in 1981, he was appointed as Professor of Neurobiology at University College London, where he has become Professor of Neuroesthetics since 2008. His research work initially focused on the functional specialization within the visual brain. He then pioneered the study of the neurobiological basis of art and esthetics and contributed to establish a whole new field of neuroscientific studies called neuroesthetics.