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It is with sadness that I have to announce that Professor Ray Guillery FRS (born 28 August 1929), the former Dr Lee's Professor of Human Anatomy, passed away on Saturday. Ray was a distinguished neurophysiologist and neuroanatomist.

He studied medicine at UCL and taught there for a number of years before moving to Madison, Wisconsin, then to the University of Chicago. Ray returned to the UK in 1984 to take the prestigious Dr Lee's Chair in Human Anatomy at this University.  As a pioneering electron microscopist he described the synaptic organization of the lateral geniculate nucleus that underpinned his discovery of developmental abnormalities in the visual system of albino animals.  A world leader in thalamo-cortical communication, and founding Editor-in-Chief  of the European Journal of Neuroscience, he was also a passionate advocate for graduate education in neuroscience.  

The Department wishes to express our condolences to his family during this sad time.

David Paterson

Head of Department

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