V.S. Ramachandran, M.D., Ph.D. is Director
of the Center for Brain and Cognition and Professor of Neurosciences and
Psychology at the University of California,
San Diego, and Adjunct Professor
of Biology at the Salk Institute. Ramachandran trained as a physician and
obtained a medical degree from Stanley Medical College and subsequently a
doctorate from Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, England.
Ramachandran's early research was on
visual perception but he is best known for his work in Neurology. He was recently
elected a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, was awarded the John F. Streff
Gold Medal from the Neurological Rehabilitation Society of America, a Gold
medal from the Australian National University and the Ariens Kappers Medal from
the Royal Nederlands Academy of Sciences for distinguished contributions in
neuroscience. In 1995 he gave the Decade of the Brain Lecture at the 25th
annual (Silver Jubilee) meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and more
recently the Inaugural keynote lecture at the Decade of the Brain Conference
held by NIMH and the Library of Congress, the D.O.Hebb Lecture at McGill
University, the Dorcas Cumming Plenary Lecture at Cold Springs Harbor and the
First Hans Lucas Teuber Lecture at MIT. Ramachandran has published over 120
papers in scientific journals (including three invited review articles in the Scientific
American), is Editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Human Behaviour
and author of the critically acclaimed book Phantoms in the Brain. His
work is featured frequently in the major newsmedia and Newsweek magazine
recently named him a member of "the century club" - one of the
hundred most prominent people to watch in the next century.
Ramachandran, V.S. (Ed.). Encyclopedia
of the Human Brain. Academic Press: 2002.
Ramachandran, V.S. and Sandra Blakeslee. Phantoms
in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind. Quill: 1999.
Ramachandran, V.S. (Contributor). Art
and the Brain: Controversies in Science and the Humanities. Journal of
Consciousness Studies. Imprint Academic: October 1999.
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