Vilayanur Subramanian Ramachandran has been described by Richard Dawkins as “The Marco Polo of neuroscience.” His studies of phantom limbs, synesthesia and body integrity identity disorder have garnered international attention. Furthermore, Ramachandran invented the “mirror box,” which is used to assuage phantom limb pain. Ramachandran’s works have also branched out into the study of autism and the evolution of language.
Ramachandran obtained an MBBS from the University of Madras and subsequently obtained a PhD from University of Cambridge. He then spent two years at Caltech, as a research fellow working with Jack Pettigrew. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego in 1983, and has been a full professor there since 1998.
Working at the University of California, San Diego, Ramachandran is Director of the Centre for Brain and Cognition as well as Distinguished Professor with the school’s psychology department and neurosciences programme. Additionally, he is Adjunct Professor of Biology at La Jolla, California’s Salk Institute. Ramachandran has received multiple awards and has penned a New York Times bestseller, The Tell Tale Brain. In 2011 Ramachandran made it onto the “Time100” list of influential people.
Credits to Best Masters in Psychology
Published: 10 November 2014
Last update: 22 April 2015