John Coates

2012 Shortlist

Dr. John Coates, Research Fellow in Neuroscience and Finance at the University of Cambridge, previously traded derivatives for Goldman Sachs and ran a trading desk for Deutsche Bank. He now researches the biology of risk taking and stress.

Coates' research focuses on the hormonal basis of financial decision making, inspired by his own experiences trading. He describes how men trading "display what may be called the classical clinical symptoms of mania. They were delusional, they were euphoric, they were over confident, they had racing thoughts and a diminished need for sleep.

The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, was also short listed for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year. It was also chosen as book of the month by the Magazine of the British Army. The journal, Foreign Policy, named him one of the most influential thinkers of the year.

    Wellcome Book Prize Achievement

    • The Hour Between Dog and Wolf

      By John Coates

      The Hour Between Dog and Wolf