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Santiago Ramón y Cajal

Spanish neuroscientist

Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852–1934) was a famous Spanish neuroanatomist and is considered by many to be the father of modern neuroscience. He won the Nobel Prize in 1906 for medicine along with Camillo Golgi.


  • Any man could, if he were so inclined, be the sculptor of his own brain.
    • Advice for a Young Investigator (1897), p. xv
  • There are no small problems. Problems that appear small are large problems that are not understood
    • Advice for a Young Investigator (1897), p. 17
  • The history of civilization proves beyond doubt just how sterile the repeated attempts of metaphysics to guess at nature' s laws have been. Instead, there is every reason to believe that when the human intellect ignores reality and concentrates within, it can no longer explain the simplest inner workings of life' s machinery or of the world around us.
    • Advice for a Young Investigator (1897), p. 2

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