Santiago Ramón y Cajal

Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1 May 1852 – 17 October 1934) was a Spanish pathologist, histologist, neuroscientist, and Nobel laureate.  His pioneering investigations of the microscopic structure of the brain were original: he is considered by many to be the father of modern neuroscience.  He was skilled at drawing, and hundreds of his illustrations of brain cells are still used for educational purposes today. (adapted from Wikipedia)

Drawing of Purkinje cells(A) and granule cells (B) from pigeon cerebellum by Santiago Ramón y Cajal, 1899. Instituto Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Madrid, Spain.

Purkinje Cells are some of the largest neurons in the human brain, with an intricately elaborate dendritic arbor, characterized by a large number of dendritic spines. (adapted from Wikipedia)


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