Mark Solms

Mark Solms is Head of Department of Psychology at the University of Cape Town. He is best known for his discovery of the brain mechanisms of dreaming, and his pioneering use of psychoanalytic methods and theories in contemporary neuroscience. He was educated at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. In 1988 he worked at the Royal London Hospital (Dept Neurosurgery) while he trained as an analyst at the Institute of Psychoanalysis. Solms is currently president of the South African Psychoanalytic Association. Honours include the George Sarton Medal for contributions to the history and philosophy of science (Rijksuniversiteit Gent, 1996), and the Sigourney Prize for contributions to psychoanalysis (2012).

He has published five books, including The Neuropsychology of Dreams (1997), Clinical Studies in Neuropsychoanalysis (2000) and The Brain and the Inner World (2002), which was a bestseller and translated into eight languages.