Prof V.S.Ramachandran

Posted: March 18, 2010 in Uncategorized


Vilayanur.S. Ramachandran is Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition and Professor with the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Program at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Salk Institute. Ramachandran initially trained as a doctor and subsequently obtained a Ph.D. from Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. Ramachandran’s early work was on visual perception but he is best known for his experiments in behavioral neurology which, despite their apparent simplicity, have had a profound impact on the way we think about the brain. He has been called “The Marco Polo of neuroscience” by Richard Dawkins and “The modern Paul Broca” by Eric Kandel.

 In 2005 he was awarded the Henry Dale Medal and elected to an honorary life fellowship by the Royal Instituion of Great Britain. His other honors and awards include fellowships from All Souls College, Oxford, and from Stanford University; the Presidential Lecture Award from the American Academy of Neurology, two honorary doctorates, the annual Ramon Y Cajal award from the International Neuropsychiatry Society, and the Ariens-Kappers medal from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. Most recently the President of India conferred on him the second highest civilian award and honorific title in India, the Padma Bhushan.

 Ramachandran has published over 180 papers in scientific journals (including five invited review articles in the Scientific American). He is author of the acclaimed book “Phantoms in the Brain” that has been translated into nine languages and formed the basis for a two part series on Channel Four TV (UK) and a 1 hour PBS special in USA. NEWSWEEK magazine has named him a member of “The Century Club” – one of the “hundred most prominent people to watch in the next century.”

 In an interview at his office at UCSD Dr. Ramachandran talked extensively about his research and about other worldly matters. His opinions on issues from deteriorating Indian classical music with Westernization taking over; to freedom of expression in art were as interesting as his scientific talks.

My  interview with him in the next blog:

His TED Talks: A must watch-


  1. Great post! Brain injuries occur a lot more than people think, My husband was hurt in a car accident and I am still surprised at how many doctors don’t know what to look for, or what they are looking at.

  2. Gerardine good to see you.
    The brain is such an amazing organ and there is so much that we don’t know yet ..His research focuses a lot in the area of cognitive therapy and treatment for phantom limb phenomenon, autism and such.
    Hope your husband is doing well now..

  3. Meera San says:

    Hey! Good to read about him. Yea, I like his “phantom” concept he talked about @ TED. look forward for the interview.

  4. Meera shall put up that interview..wanted to add a couple of stuff more from the tape before I put it up..and to re-write the paper format too :)