(1621) English doctor Thomas Willis is born. In his book Cerebri anatome, he coined the term neurology and described the anatomy of the brain and nerves.
(1903) Australian neurophysiologist and philosopher John Eccles is born. He shared the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research on the synapse, the area between two neurons which allows for communication between them.
(1904) American psychologist James J. Gibson is born. He is known for his work on the brain and visual perception.