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An Interview with Horace Barlow

Philip Husbands, Owen Holland and Michael Wheeler

in The Mechanical Mind in History

Published by The MIT Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780262083775
Published online August 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780262256384 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7551/mitpress/9780262083775.003.0018
An Interview with Horace Barlow

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Horace Barlow attended Winchester College, studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, and then completed medical training at Harvard Medical School and University College Hospital, London. He returned to Cambridge to study for a Ph.D. in neurophysiology and has been a highly influential researcher in the brain sciences ever since. He has made numerous important contributions to neuroscience and psychophysics, both experimental and theoretical, mainly in relation to understanding the visual system of humans and animals. This chapter presents an edited transcript of an interview conducted on 20 July 2006. Barlow paints a picture of life in Lord Adrian’s department at Cambridge University during the late 1940s and tells how the Ratio Club profoundly influenced his subsequent career.

Keywords: neuroscientists; Cambridge University; Ratio Club

Chapter.  9622 words.  Illustrated.

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