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Vernon B. Mountcastle

MountcastleVernonVERNON B. MOUNTCASTLE, Med 1942, University Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience, was a world leader in the study of brain physiology. He interned in surgery at the hospital, served in the Navy during World War II, and then joined the faculty in physiology in 1948. His research has focused on the central neural mechanisms in sensation and perception, particularly in somesthesis and visual and spatial perception. Director of the Department of Physiology for more than 15 years, Dr. Mountcastle has also served as director of the Philip Bard Laboratories of Neurophysiology. He has published monographs, textbooks, and more than 100 papers and has received a number of honorary awards, among them six honorary degrees, the Lasker Award, the Lashley Prize, the Sherrington Gold Medal, the Horwitz Prize, the Helmholtz Medal, the Zotterman Prize, the Schmitt Medal, the McGovern Medal, the Australia Prize, the Cajal Award, and the National Medal of Science.