Honorary Associates of Rationalist International
Prof. Colin Blakemore (UK), PhD, ScD, FMedSci, FRS
Waynflete Professor of Physiology, University of Oxford
Director of the Oxford Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience
Colin Blakemore studied medicine at Cambridge and completed his PhD in Physiological Optics at the University of California, Berkeley. He taught at Cambridge for 11 years and in 1979 took up the Chair of Physiology at the University of Oxford. He has been President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (1997-98) and President of the British Neuroscience Association (1997-2000). He has worked as a Visiting Professor in the United States, Japan, Switzerland, Italy, France, the Czech Republic and China. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Institute of Biology, a member of the Academia Europaea and a Foreign Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Colin Blakemore's research has been concerned with many aspects of vision and the early development of the brain. His prizes include the Robert Bing Prize from the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences, the Prix Netter from the French Académie Nationale de Médecine, the Gregg Medal of the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists, the John P. McGovern Science and Society Medal from Sigma Xi and the 1996 international Alcon Prize for vision research.
Colin Blakemore is passionately committed to advancing the public understanding of science and of the role of science in culture. He is a frequent broadcaster on radio and television, and has written widely for the general public. In 1989, when he won the Michael Faraday Award for furtherance of the public understanding of science, The Royal Society described him as "one of Britain's most influential communicators of science".