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Renowned Neuroscientist Receives Distinguished Service Award

Inga Kiderra | February 26, 2007

Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran has been awarded one of India’s top civilian honors, the Padma Bhushan.

V.S. Ramachandran (Photo / Beatrice Ring)
V.S. Ramachandran

Established in 1954 by the president of India, the Padma Bhushan recognizes distinguished service of a high order to the nation, in any field.

Ramachandran, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, is a renowned expert on brain abnormalities. He will travel to New Delhi in April to receive the award from A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, India’s president.

Other U.S.-based recipients of the 2007 award are: Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia, Yale economist T.N. Srinivasan and Indra Nooyi, chief executive officer of PepsiCo.

Ramachandran is the author of A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness, which is drawn from the prestigious BBC Reith Lecture Series he delivered in 2003, and co-author, with New York Times science reporter Sandra Blakeslee, of Phantoms in the Brain. He was named by Newsweek magazine a member of its Century Club – or “one of the 100 most prominent people to watch” in the 21st century – and was recently awarded the Henry Dale Prize by The Royal Institution of Great Britain.

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