V. S. Ramachandran
University of California, San Diego
V. S. Ramachandran is Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition and professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, San Diego. He is additionally an adjunct professor of biology at the Salk Institute. He obtained an M.D. from Stanley Medical College and a Ph.D. from Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, where he was elected a senior Rouse Ball Scholar.
He has received many honors and awards, including a fellowship from All Souls College, Oxford, an honorary doctorate from Connecticut College, a Gold Medal from the Australian National University, and the Ariens Kappers Medal from the Royal Nederlands Academy of Sciences for landmark contributions in neuroscience.
Dr. Ramachandran's early research was on visual perception, but he is best known for his work in neurology. In 1995 he gave the Decade of the Brain Lecture at the 25th annual (Silver Jubilee) meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. More recently he gave the inaugural keynote lecture at the Decade of the Brain Conference held by the National Institute of Mental Health at the Library of Congress. He also gave the first Hans Lucas Teuber lecture at MIT, the Rudel-Moses lecture at Columbia, the Dorcas Cumming (inaugural keynote) lecture at Cold Spring Harbor, the Raymond Adams lecture at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard, and the presidential keynote lecture at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.
Dr. Ramachandran has published over 120 papers in scientific journals, including three invited review articles in Scientific American, and is editor-in-chief of Academic Press' acclaimed Encyclopedia of Human Behavior. His work is featured frequently in the major news media, and Newsweek magazine recently named him a member of "the century club'': one of the hundred most prominent people to watch in this century.
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