Humphrey is a great romantic scientist, which sounds like a contradiction
in terms, but it isn't. Nick's early pioneering work in recording the
firing of individual neurons in live animals, in cats, helped pave the
way for work by neuroscientists David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel. The
got the 1981 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for their work on
such single-cell recordings in cats, but it was a technique that Nick
had helped develop. Very typically, once he got the technique developed,
he thought, 'Well, I can spend the rest of my life doing this, or I
can do something else. I don't see what the residual problems are.'
Of course, there were lots of problems, but at any rate, typical of
Nick, he wanted to turn to other things as soon as he'd done that."
His books include Consciousness Regained, The Inner Eye, A History of the Mind, Leaps of Faith, The Mind Made Flesh, and Seeing Red: A Study in Consciousness. He has been the recipient of several honours, including the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, and the British Psychological Societys book award.
"The Thick Moment" in The Third Culture
"What Shall We Tell the Children?" (Amnesty Lecture, Oxford, 21st February 1997)
Beyond Edge: Nicholas Humphrey's home page - www.humphrey.org.uk