Peter McNaughton was born in New Zealand, where he studied Physics at the University of Auckland. He was lecturer in Physiology at the University of Cambridge from 1978 to 1991, and moved to London in 1991 as Head of Physiology at King’s College London. In 1999 he moved to Cambridge as Head of the Department of Pharmacology and in 2013 returned to King’s College London as Professor of Pharmacology.
He has worked in several areas of neuroscience, mainly in the cellular basis of sensations – vision, pain and magnetic sensation. A major interest of his lab is the molecular and cellular basis of pain. A second major area is in the molecular basis of thermal sensation and control of body temperature. He has initiated two major drug development projects, both arising from discoveries in his lab.