Uta Frith

Uta Frith, DBE ( born May 25, 1941 in Rockhausen as Uta Aurnhammer ) is a German developmental psychologist, neuroscientist and autism researcher who works at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London. Her research interests are autism and dyslexia.


Uta Frith studied in Saarbrücken several semesters of art history, then switching to psychology and received his doctorate in 1968 at King's College London on the subject of autism.


Frith developed a classification stages of reading acquisition: 1st stage: logographic, 2nd stage: title and 3rd stage: orthographically. It influenced the work of Simon Baron -Cohen and Tony Attwood. Her husband Chris Frith is also neuroscientists.

Awards and Memberships (Selection)

  • 2003: Jean -Louis Signoret Prize -
  • 2008: Member of the Leopoldina
  • 2009: European Latsis Prize
  • 2012: Order of the British Empire

Writings (selection )

  • Autism: Explaining the Enigma, Oxford, Blackwell Publishing 2003 ISBN 0-631-22901-9
  • Autism - Mind and Brain, Oxford, Oxford University Press 2004 ISBN 0-19-852924-4
  • Autism and Asperger syndrome, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press 1991 ISBN 0 - 521-38608 -X
  • The Learning Brain: Lessons for Education (with Sarah- Jayne Blakemore ), Oxford, Blackwell Publishing 2005 ISBN 1-4051-2401-6
  • Urville (with Gilles Trehin ), London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2006 ISBN 1-84310-419-9
  • Cognitive Processes in Spelling, London, Academic Press 1983 ISBN 0-12-268662-4
  • Autism in History: The Case of Hugh Blair of Borgue (with Rab Houston ), Oxford, Blackwell Publishing 2000 ISBN 0-631-22088-7
  • Autism. A Very Short Introduction, Oxford, OUP 2008, ISBN 978-0-19-920756-5.