Colin Blakemore#

Colin Blakemore
Sadly, this member passed away.
Membership Number:1639
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:UNITED KINGDOM

Colin Blakemore passed away June 27, 2022.

Positions Held
  • Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Oxford and a past Chief Executive of the British Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • 2019 - present Yeung Kin Man Chair Professor of Neuroscience, City University of Hong Kong
  • 2017 - present Senior Fellow, Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study, City University of Hong Kong
  • 2019 - present Distinguished Guest Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Neuroscience, and International Center for Primate Brain Research, Shanghai
  • 2019 - present Distinguished Senior Fellow, Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London
  • 2012 - present Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience, University of Oxford
  • 2012 - present Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford
  • 2010 - present Honorary Professor, Medical School, University of Warwick
  • 2008 - present Adjunct Professor, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore
  • 2013 - 2018 Founder & Director of The Human Mind Project, School of Advanced Study, University of London
  • 2012 - 2018 Professor of Neuroscience & Philosophy & Director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses, Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London
  • 1979 - 2012 Professorial Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford
  • 2007 - 2012 Professor of Neuroscience, University of Oxford
  • 2007 - 2010 Professor of Neuroscience, University of Warwick
  • 2003 - 2007 Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council (on Special Leave from Oxford)
  • 1996 - 2003 Director, Medical Research Council Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Oxford
  • 1990 - 2003 Director, McDonnell-Pew Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Oxford
  • 1990 - 1996 Associate Director, Medical Research Council Research Centre in Brain and Behaviour, Oxford
  • 1979 - 2007 Waynflete Professor of Physiology, University of Oxford (Head of Department for 14 years)
  • 1976 - 1979 Royal Society Locke Research Fellow
  • 1972 - 1979 University Lecturer in Physiology, Cambridge (on leave 1976-9)
  • 1971 - 1979 Official Fellow and Director of Medical Studies, Downing College, Cambridge
  • 1968 (April) - 1972 University Demonstrator in Physiology, University of Cambridge

Fields of Scholarship
  • Brain plasticity
  • Early development of the brain
  • Huntington's disease
  • Neuronal plasticity
  • Vision

Honours and Awards
    • 1972 Silver Award, British Medical Association Film Competition, for educational films
    • 1973 Silver Award, Padua International Film Festival, for educational films
    • 1974 Certificate of Educational Commendation, British Medical Association, for educational films
    • 1974 - 1975 Leverhulme Fellowship
    • 1975 Robert Bing Prize for Neurology and Neurophysiology (Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences)
    • 1977 Copeman Medal for Scientific Research (Corpus Christi College, Cambridge)
    • 1978 Richardson Cross Medal (South Western Ophthalmological Society)
    • 1978 Man of the Year (Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation)
    • 1978 Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science “for contribution to the literature of science” (Phi Beta Kappa)
    • 1983 John Locke Medal (The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries)
    • 1984 Prix du Docteur Robert Netter (Netter Prize) (Académie Nationale de Médecine, France), “for research on developmental disorders of vision”
    • 1986 Cairns Memorial Medal (Cairns Memorial Fund)
    • 1988 Norman McAlister Gregg Award in Medical Science (Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists)
    • 1989 Owen Aves Memorial Medal (Yorkshire Optical Society)
    • 1989 Michael Faraday Prize and Medal (The Royal Society)
    • 1989 Robert Doyne Medal (Oxford Ophthalmological Congress)
    • 1990 GL Brown Prize (The Physiological Society)
    • 1990 John P McGovern Science and Society Medal (Sigma Xi, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA)
    • 1991 Montgomery Medal (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Irish Ophthalmological Society)
    • 1992 Finalist for the Science pour l'Art Prize (Moët Hennessy/Louis Vuitton, Paris, France)
    • 1993 Osler Memorial Medal (University of Oxford)
    • 1993 Ellison-Cliffe Medal (Royal Society of Medicine)
    • 1994 Charles F Prentice Award and Medal (American Academy of Optometry)
    • 1995 Annual Review Prize (The Physiological Society)
    • 1996 Alcon Research Institute Award “for research relevant to clinical ophthalmology” (Alcon Research Institute, Fort Worth, Texas)
    • 1998 Memorial Medal of the Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
    • 2001 Alfred Meyer Award (British Neuropathological Society)
    • 2001 Charter Award and Medal (Royal Society of Biology; formerly Institute of Biology)
    • 2001 Baly Gold Medal (Royal College of Physicians)
    • 2001 BNA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Neuroscience (British Neuroscience Association)
    • 2001 Menzies Medal (The Menzies Foundation, Melbourne, Australia)
    • 2004 BioIndustry Association Award “for outstanding personal contribution to bioscience”
    • 2004 Lord Crook Gold Medal (Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers)
    • 2005 Edinburgh Medal (City of Edinburgh)
    • 2005 Science Educator Award (Society for Neuroscience)
    • 2005 Harveian Oration (Royal College of Physicians)
    • 2006 Kenneth Myer Medal (Howard Florey Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia)
    • 2008 Finalist (with Sir Martin Evans and Sir David King) for the Morgan Stanley Great Briton of the Year Award
    • 2009 James Bull Gold Medal (British Society of Neuroradiologists)
    • 2010 Winner, Science documentaries, 2010 Festival de Film CinéGlobe, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland for The Man Who Stopped Smoking; documentary on the life of Sir Richard Doll, presented by Colin Blakemore; made for the BMJ (
    • 2010 Ferrier Prize & Lecture (The Royal Society)
    • 2010 Ida Mann Medal (Oxford Eye Hospital)
    • 2011 EXCEL Silver Award from Association Media and Publishing for the Society for Neuroscience Annual Report 2010, with illustrations from the Blakemore lab, Oxford
    • 2012 Lord Brain Memorial Medal (Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry)
    • 2012 People’s Republic of China Friendship Award (China’s highest honour for foreigners)
    • 2012 Ralph W Gerard Prize “for outstanding contributions to the field of neuroscience” (Society for Neuroscience)
    • 2012 Chandaria Laureate (School of Advanced Study, University of London)
    • 2013 Shortlisted for the Science Commentator Award (Editorial Intelligence)
    • 2013 Kelvin Medal (Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow)
    • 2014 Member of the Berkeley Optometry Hall of Fame, University of California
    • 2014 Member of the Science Council’s 100 Scientists (100 Leading UK Practising Scientists
    • 2014 Knighthood in the Birthday Honours List for “contributions to scientific research, policy and outreach”
    • 2014 Inaugural Award for Openness on Animal Research (Understanding Animal Research)
    • 2015 Lennox K Black International Prize in Medicine (Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia)
    • 2015 Elise and Walter A Haas International Award (University of California, Berkeley)
    • 2018 President’s Research Medal (awarded quadrennially by The College of Optometrists)
    • 2018 No 9 of the “30 Most Influential Neuroscientists Alive Today"
    • 2020 Listed among “Top Longevity Scientists and Experts” in the Report on Longevity Industry in the UK (Aging Analytics Agency)
    • 1988 Member, Academia Rodinensis Pro Remediatione, Stockholm, Sweden
    • 1990 Honorary Professor, China Academy of Management Science
    • 1992 Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
    • 1993 Foreign Member, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
    • 1995 Member, Academia Europaea (Academy of Europe) (MAE)
    • 1998 Founder Fellow, Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci)
    • 2005 Honorary Professor, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (Peking Union Medical College)
    • 2007 Honorary Fellow, Indian Academy of Neurosciences
    • 2008 Foreign Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, India
    • 2009 Foreign Member, Chinese Academy of Engineering
    • 2011 Member, European Academy of Sciences and Arts
    • 2012 Member, DeTao Masters Academy, People’s Republic of China
    • 2017 Member, New York Academy of Science

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