I graduated from the Medical School of the
University of Vienna, Austria, where I aso studied studied Mathematics
Theoretical Physics. I
completed Psychoanalytic Training with the Psychoanalytic Institute in
Pittsburgh in 1975.
My first academic appoinment was with the department of
Pharmacology of the University of Vienna Medical Center. While there on
the faculty and working with my colleagues K. Ginzel
and H. Klupp, I discovered in 1950 the drug Succinylcholine
(Suxamthonium) as medication for controlled
muscle paralysis in Anesthesiology and Electroshock Therapy. In both
applications, its clinical usefulness in world-wide use has remained
unsurpassed for the
past 60 years. Subsequently, I undertook initial
neuropharmacological investigation of
Chlorpromazine which became the benchmark and parent compound for a
large class of antipsychotic medications.
While on leave of absence from the University
Vienna where I had received the Venia Legendi, I was for three
years, each, on the Faculty of the
School of Tropical Medicine in Calcutta, India, (under the auspices of
WHO), and the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (under the auspices of
the Rockefeller Foundation). I immigrated to US in
1957 to join W.F. Riker
at Cornell Medical College, New York City in a tenured position,
pharmacologically active receptors at mammalian motor nerve terminals.
In 1960, I joined Vernon Mountcastle at Johns
Hopkins University where I received a Lifetime Research Career Award
form NIH: we studied in primates the representation of
tactile and joint sensation in the Somatic Area I of the cerebral
cortex, introducing novel approaches for characterizing
single neuron activity in relation to Psychophysical Functions. This
work launched me in Computer science which
has become a steady involvement ever since. During that
time, I became a member of the
experimental group that assembled the LINC
computer at MIT, as a new departure for Biomedical Computing.
In 1965, I became Chairman of the
Pharmacology at the University of Pittsburgh where I built for the next
10 years a Department with interdisciplinary emphasis on Neurosciences,
Psychobiology, and biomedical computer applications. My own research
continued in Neurophysiology of the somesthetic and the vestibular
systems of subhuman primates and involved also developing computer
models of neurological functions. Together with Harry Pople, I designed
the first Artificial Intelligence Program based on the logical rules
of Abduction. Under the Chairmanship of Dr. William Raub of NIH,
I served for several years on a panel for developing strategies and
specifications for the Biomedical Information System PROPHET.
In 1974, A assumed for 4 years the
positions of Dean
of the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, and VP for
Professional Affairs at the University Health Center. Subsequently, I
was for the next 10 years Professor
of Psychiatry and Pharmacology at the University of Pittsburgh, where I
worked on developing Medical Expert Systems, and taught and practiced
psychoanalytically and cognitively oriented Psychotherapy.
Following retirement from my academic career in
1989, I spent 5 years, each, at first as Assoc. Chief of Staff at a
Veterans Administration Medical Center in Pittsburgh and, then as
Research Scientist with Motorola in Austin, TX.
At present, I am an adj. Professor with the
Department of Biomedical Engineering of the University of Texas at
In 1982, I was a Fellow of the Japan Society for
the Advancement of Science. In 1983, I received the US Senior Scientist
award of the A. v. Humboldt Foundation. In 1986, the Society of
held a Satellite meeting at the University of Pittsburgh at the
of my 65th birthday. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine,
UK. I am presently a member of The Advisory Editorial Bord
Journals "Chaos, Solitons and Fractals", and "Frontiers in Physiology".
interests and work are in complex adaptive systems, nonlinear
dynamics, Network Theory, and
in the conceptual foundation of Neuroscience. See my recent publictions
on these topics :
Siren call of Metaphor:
subverting the proper task
of Neuroscience: Journal
Perspectives on the
Neuroscience of Cognition and
Criticality and Phase Transitions in Brain
and its Models: BioSystems
Brain Dynamics across
levels of Organization: Journal of
related neural events viewed as Brain
State Space Transitions: Cognitive
Neurodynamics 3:83-95, 2009.
Viewing brain processes
as Critical State Transitions
across levels of Organization: Neural events in Cognition and
StateTransitions between different levels in
Neural Systems: New
Mathematics and Natural Computation 5(1):185-196, 2009.
Criticality and Complexity in Biological
Systems. Invited Lecture, Ecole
Superieur, Paris, 2009, in print.
Fractals in the Nervous
System: conceptual implications
for theoretical Neuroscience. Frontiers
Physiology, 1: 1-28, 2010.
Good Data in need of a
good Theory: Comment on "Natural
world physical, brain operational and mind phenomenal space-time"
A.A. Fingelkurts and C.F.H. Neves. Physics of Life
On modeling the "Extended
Mind" Thesis (Clark &
the framework of Complex System Dynamics, 2011, in print.
Consciousness Viewed in
the Framework of Brain Phase Space Dynamics, Criticality, and the
arXiv:1103.2366v1 [q-biol.NC], March 2011.
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