Professor German Elias Berrios

BA (Oxford); MA (Oxford); D.Phil.Sci (Oxford); MA (Cambridge); MD; DPM (London); Doctor in Medicine honoris causa (Heidelberg, San Marcos, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, etc.); FRCPsych; Honorary FRCPsych; FBPsS; FMedSci


-Read Psychology and Philosophy at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University and trained at the same University in the History & Philosophy of Science under G. Ryle, C. Webster, A. Crombie, R. Harré, E. Anscombe and B. Farrell.

- Subsequently, trained in Neurology & Psychiatry at the Oxford United Hospitals (Oxford University); in Statistics as a Lecturer to Professor Max Hamilton at Leeds University, where he also received Didactic Analysis from the psychoanalyst Harry Guntrip. He has taught at Cambridge University since 1977.

1985-1995 Honorary Librarian and Officer of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

1989-1998 Assistant Editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry.

1987-2003 Founder and Chairman of the History of Psychiatry Special Group, Royal College of Psychiatrists

1977-2007 Consultant Head of Neuropsychiatry, Addenbrooke's Hospital, University of Cambridge

1988-1997 Chairman, Board of Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

1987-2007 Chairman, Research and Ethics Committee, University of Cambridge and Cambridge Health District.


Prizes and awards

Doctorates Honoris causa: University of Heidelberg (Germany), San Marcos (Peru), Barcelona (Spain), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Cordoba (Argentina), Chile (Chile).

2006 Chair of Psychopathology “German E. Berrios” founded in the University of Antioquia (Colombia)

2007 Order of the Sun (Gran Officer) awarded by the Peruvian Government

2008 ‘Ramon y Cajal’ Neuropsychiatry Award, International Neuropsychiatry Association.

2010 Honorary Fellowship awarded by Royal College of Psychiatrists of UK.

2016 Life Achievement Award, Sociedad Española de Psicogeriatría.

Visiting Professor to the Universities of Hong-Kong, Heidelberg, Würzburg, Cayetano Heredia, Nagoya, Jerusalem, Cornell, Adelaide, Chile,

Buenos Aires, Keio (Japan), etc.





-Emeritus Professor of the Epistemology of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge

-Emeritus Consultant Neuropsychiatrist & Head of Neuropsychiatry, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, University of Cambridge

-Fellow of: 1) British Psychological Society; 2) Academy of Medical Sciences; 3) Royal College of Psychiatrists, etc.

-Life-Fellow, Robinson College, Cambridge

-Editor, History of Psychiatry

-Chairman, History of Psychiatry Section, World Psychiatric Association

-Research areas: Neuropsychiatry and clinical, conceptual and historical aspects of psychopathology

-Publications: More than 440 papers and book chapters on matters neuropsychiatric, conceptual and historical and 15 books; amongst the latter are his History of Clinical Psychiatry (with Roy Porter) (London, Athlone Press) London; Delirio: Historia, Clinica & Metateoria (with F. Fuentenebro); Memory Disorders in Psychiatric Practice, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press) (with J. Hodges) and Reinventing depression (Oxford University Press) (with C Callahan). His The History of Mental Symptoms. Descriptive Psychopathology since the 19thC century (Cambridge University Press) was awarded the 1997 British Medical Association Prize as the Best Book in Psychiatry. In 2011 he published Towards a New Epistemology of Psychiatry (Buenos Aires, Polemos, 2011) (Italian translation: Per una nouva epistemologia della psichiatria, Roma, Giovanni Fioriti, 2013; Portuguese Translation: Rumo a uma nova epistemologia da psiquiatría, 2015).

Official University portrait by A.R. Tyley (2000) to commemorate GEB’s 25 years as Fellow and 10 as Fellow-Librarian of his College. It hangs in the Upper Combination Room, Robinson College


German Elias Berrios

April 21, 2016