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 Horace Barlow Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Horace Barlow.

Having heard about this great loss, the family of this individual is passing through pains, mourning the unexpected passing of their beloved.

This departure was confirmed through social media posts made by Twitter users who pour out tributes, and condolences to the family of the deceased.

Another giant of neuroscience has passed: Horace Barlow died on July 5 at the age of 98. I can’t summarize Horace’s contributions any better than was done by Oliver Braddick in a message sent to the CVNet listserv:

“Horace was one of the creators of modern visual neuroscience and its synthesis with the study of perception. He had been publishing seminal research on vision for nearly 70 years, including his discoveries of specific responses, including ‘fly detectors’, in the frog’s retina in 1953 (6 years before the famous paper on the same theme by Lettvin et al). He pioneered computational thinking about visual information coding, including perhaps the earliest recognition of the importance of noise, which was an enduring theme of his work, and his writings reflected deep and original thought about how neural signals related to perceptual function.

Many of us will remember with pleasure his receiving the Ken Nakayama award at VSS in 2016, and his 95th birthday the same year.

Horace was the great-grandson of Charles Darwin. He leaves four children by his first marriage to Ruthala Salaman, and three children with Miranda Weston Smith whom he married in 1980.”

Horace’s work had an enormous effect on my thinking about the brain. I don’t think I’ve ever given a lecture on neuroscience in general or on my own lab’s research without several slides of Horace’s contributions. Requiem aeternam.

RIP Horace Barlow, a giant of neuroscience. I have very fond memories of his visit to the Barrow Neurological Institute in 2013, and the dinner afterwards. Barlow’s seminal work on redundancy reduction in visual processing was an inspiration for one of my main research lines, on the perception of angles, curves, corners, and other visual discontinuities.

I learned that Horace (Barlow) passed away. He was a visionary, a neurotheory pioneer. I feel terrible since I had promised him a draft based on our discussion and only managed to rewrite and put it in the bin 5 times. Here is the last pic I have of him w his (then) new puppy


Sad news that Horace Barlow has died. Barlow proposed: •feature selectivity• in sensory neurons (which code information in an •efficient• way) & that one could use •noise• to probe sensory systems. One of the 1st computational neuroscientists. A giant and an inspiration.


My favorite Horace Barlow paper is his study on single photon detection. He estimated the thermal stability of rhodopsin from the false positive rate of human observers detecting dim flashes. Spanned psychophysics to biochemistry in one study. In 1956. Single author.


Very sad news that Horace Barlow has died. He was my dad’s supervisor in the late 1960s and a friend ever since. Last year, at 98, he came to a conference in Cambridge and asked questions after every talk. He was a brilliant thinker and an inspiration.

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