Steven Harnad was born in Hungary as Hernád István. He did his undergraduate work at McGill University with Donald Hebb and his graduate work at Princeton University and is currently Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Science at University of Quebec/Montréal. His research is on categorization, communication and cognition. Founder and Editor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (a paper journal published by Cambridge University Press). He is external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Past President of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology.

Some of his books: Peer Commentary on Peer Review: A Case Study in Scientific Quality Control (CUP 1982), Categorical Perception: The Groundwork of Cognition (CUP 1987), Icon, Category, Symbol: Essays on the Foundations and Fringes of Cognition (in preparation).