Colin Blakemore FRS is Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. He also holds a Professorship at the University of Warwick and is Chair of the Neuroscience Research Partnership in Singapore.
He studied Medical Sciences at Cambridge, completed a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, and taught at Cambridge for 11 years. In 1979 he became Waynflete Professor of Physiology in Oxford, where he also directed the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience. From 2003 to 2007 he was Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council.
His research has been concerned with many aspects of vision, early development of the brain and plasticity of the cerebral cortex. He has been President of the British Neuroscience Association, the Physiological Society, the British Science Association and the Biosciences Federation (now the Society of Biology).
He is also strongly committed to public communication and engagement, for which he won the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize.
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