[visionlist] ICVS 2021 Verriest Medalist Paul Martin

John S Werner jswerner at ucdavis.edu
Wed Jul 22 12:19:56 -04 2020

The International Colour Vision Society (ICVS) is pleased to announce that the 2021 Verriest Medal will be awarded to Professor Paul Martin at its 26th Biennial Symposium, to be held in July 2021 on the Greek island of Crete. The award was established in 1991 in memory of the founder of the Society, Dr. Guy Verriest, and honors outstanding contributions in the field of colour vision.

Professor Martin did his doctoral work in physiology at the University of Sydney, Australia and then postdoctoral fellowships in Germany at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen and the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt. Here he commenced his studies on the visual system of primates. In 1992, he returned to the University of Sydney where he rose to the rank of associate professor in the Department of Physiology before moving in 2003 to the University of Melbourne as a Professorial Research Fellow and Director of Research in the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences. He returned to the University of Sydney in 2010 where he is Professor of Experimental Ophthalmology.

Professor Martin’s work concentrates on early visual processing in primates. His work on visual signals in magno-, parvo- and koniocellular cells in the primate retina and lateral geniculate nucleus is internationally acclaimed and highly influential. The significance of his scientific advances is amplified by his talent for presenting complex results in an easily understood manner for scientific and non-scientific audiences alike. He has generously served on boards of many funding organizations, in editorial positions at Visual Neuroscience and Vision Research, and on the ICVS Board of Directors. A prolific mentor, he has trained more than 25 Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers.

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