Maryanne Wolf is an advocate for children and literacy around the world through the use of neuroscience research for education. Her awards include highest honors from International Dyslexia Association (Geschwind and Orton awards) and The Dyslexia Foundation (Einstein Prize); Distinguished Researcher of the Year for Learning Disabilities in Australia; Distinguished Teacher of the Year from the state and national American Psychological Associations; Fulbright Fellowship ( Germany); and the Christopher Columbus Award for Intellectual Innovation for co-founding Curious Learning: A Global Literacy Initiative, with deployments in Africa, India, Australia, and rural United States. She has served as external advisor to the International Monetary Fund, Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation, and other Boards, and is a frequent speaker about global literacy at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and Academy of Sciences.
Wolf has authored over 170 scientific publications including: Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain (15 translations; HarperCollins, 2007); Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 2016); and Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital Culture (11 translations, HarperCollins, 2018). She has created the RAVE-O reading curriculum for dyslexia and co-authored RAN/RAS tests of reading prediction with Martha Denckla. She received both the national award from the Reading League for her contributions on reading research and the Walter Ong Award for her work on the effects of different mediums on the intellectual development of the species. Most recently, she was elected to be a permanent member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.