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Tuesday, 18 April 2006

Lunchtime Colloquium
Francis Crick as Neuroscientist

Robert Olby, University of Pittsburgh, HPS Dept.

12:05 pm, 817R Cathedral of Learning


Abstract:  Like molecular biology, neuroscience is a multi-disciplinary enterprise. In institutional terms it dates back to the Neurosciences Research Program of the early sixties.  In 1976 the sixty year old Crick decided to devote his latter years to neuroscience. Between 1979 and 2004 he published forty papers, abstracts and short communications, many co-authored with colleagues in neuroscience, and one popular book, The Astonishing Hypothesis (1994).  What did all this activity amount to? What of substance did he contribute?  Was he accepted by the neuroscience community?  Why should we consider his influence on the field rather than say Edelman’s or Roger Penrose’s?  Was he valued only as a good PR figure for neuroscience, or for other qualities and achievements?  Can his career in neuroscience throw some light on the evolution of the neurosciences in the last century?

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