[visionlist] [cvnet] William (Bill) Russell Levick, 1931 - 2022

Robert P. O'Shea robertposhea.uni.leipzig at gmail.com
Wed May 11 00:08:52 -04 2022

Dear Rowland,

Thank you also for your appreciation of BIll's work. For those interested
in Bill's biography, here is one from ANU:


Robert P. O’Shea
Honorary Professor of History of Psychology, Wilhelm Wundt Institute for
Psychology, Leipzig University
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On Mon, May 9, 2022 at 8:07 PM Rowland Taylor <wrtaylor at berkeley.edu> wrote:

> It is with great sadness that I pass on the news that Bill Levick passed
> away peacefully last Thursday.
> Bill was a preeminent visual neuroscientist and Fellow of the Royal
> Society, the Australian Academy of Science, and the Optical Society of
> America. His analysis of the functional properties of retinal
> ganglion cells in the mammalian retina was highly influential and revealed
> the presence of complex processing at the earliest stages of visual
> processing. Particularly dear to my heart was his seminal work with the
> late Horace Barlow, carried out at the University of Cambridge and UC
> Berkeley, on the mechanisms of direction-selectivity in the rabbit retina.
> Bill was a kind and generous spirit, a wonderful mentor, and a dear
> friend. He will be sorely missed by all of us who were fortunate enough to
> have shared part of his life journey.
> Rest in peace Bill.
> Rowland Taylor, Ph.D.
> Professor
> Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry and Vision Science & Helen Wills
> Neuroscience Institute,
> University of California, Berkeley
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