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The Mechanical Mind in History$
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Phil Husbands, Owen Holland, and Michael Wheeler

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262083775

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262083775.001.0001

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An Interview with Horace Barlow

An Interview with Horace Barlow

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(p.408) (p.409) 18 An Interview with Horace Barlow
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The Mechanical Mind in History
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Philip Husbands

Owen Holland

Michael Wheeler

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262083775.003.0018

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

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