Gül A. Russell, Ph.D.
Department of Humanities in Medicine
Bryan, TX 77807
Education and Post-Graduate Training
B.A. (1958) English and Art History, Lindenwood College, St. Charles, Missouri Ph.D. (1962), John H. Edwards Fellow, Comparative Studies (History of Ideas under H.J. Muller; History and Philosophy of Science under N.R. Hanson), Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
SOAS, University of London (1963-65; 1978-79) Research Fellow, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London (1979-89) under E.C. Clarke; R.A. Hall; Honorary Research Fellow , Center for Neuroscience, University College London (1978-89).
Her teaching provides and historical perspective on the health sciences, clinical practice, and the rise of bioethics; and integrates cognitive neuroscience and the visual arts to help promote observational, critical, and perceptual skills of future physicians.
Her research interests are in the history of visual neuroscience & optics, the rise of empiricism, cultural transmission of scientific ideas with specific emphasis on the Arabic sources of the Renaissance and the seventeenth century.
- Stahnisch FW, Russell GA. Guest Eds (2016): Special Issue. New Perspectives on Forced Migration in the History of Twentieth-Century Neuroscience. Journal of the History of the Neurosciences: Basic and Clinical Perspectives. Vol 25:3(July -September), pp. 219-368. Introduction, 219-226.
- Russell GA (2016): A Variation on Forced Migration: Wilhelm Peters (Prussia via Britain to Turkey) and Muzafer Sherif (Turkey to the United States). Journal of the History of the Neurosciences: Basic and Clinical Perspectives 25:3,320-347.
- Huddleston, S; Russell, GA (2014). Richard Dadd and Sir Charles Bell: the Patient, the Artist, and the ‘Face of Madness’. Journal of the History of the Neurosciences: Basic and Clinical Perspectives.
- Russell, GA (2013). Vesalius and the Emergence of Veridical Representation in Renaissance anatomy. In: Finger S, Zaidel DW, Boller F, Bogouslavsky J (Eds). The Fine Arts, Neurology and Neuroscience (Neuro-Historical Dimensions). Progress in Brain Research. Amsterdam: Elsevier, pp. 3-32.
- Russell GA (2010). "Central and Peripheral Vision in Ibn al-Haytham's Book of Optics: Some Key Experiments," Abstracts (Annual meeting of the International Society for the History of Neuroscience, June 15-19, Paris, France).
- Russell GA (2010). ”Developments in Neurology After Galen: Late Antiquity and the Islamic World.” In: The History of Neurology. Eds. Stanley Finger, François Boller, Kenneth Tyler. Elsevier. Handbook of Clinical Neurology, Vol. III, 3rd series, chap. vi, pp. 61-77.
- Russell GA (2010): Ibn Tufayl's Hayy Ibn Yaqzan and Locke's Essay: Further Evidence," Journal of the History of the Neurosciences - Basic and Clinical Perspectives, vol. 19, No. 1 (Jan. - March), pp.53-54.
- Russell GA (2008). “The Origins of Point to Point Correspondence in Anatomical Projection Prior to Descartes: Ibn al-Haytham (d. 1040),” Journal of the History of the Neurosciences: Basic and Clinical Perspectives, Vol 17, No. 2 (April-June), pp. 246-47.
- Russell, GA (2008): Ibn al - Haytham: Linking the Science of Optics and Visual Perception in a Theory of Image Formation and Seeing," Abstracts (13th Annual Meting of the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN) Berlin, Germany, 18 - 22 June), p.36.
- Russell, GA (2004): The Horns of a Medical Dilemma: Retrospective Diagnosis of Alexander the Great, Journal of the History of the Neurosciences - Basic and Clinical Perspectives, vol. 13, No. 2 , pp. 157-63.
- Russell, GA (2002): "Greek Medicine in Persia." In: Encyclopedia Iranica, ed. E. Yarshater, Center for Iranian Studies, Columbia University, Fasc. 4, No. .X (New York/London: Routledge), pp. 342-357
- Russell, GA (2000): “The Optics of Ptolemy: Passions Aroused in the Groves of the Academe," ISIS: An International Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences, Vol. 91, No. 3, pp. 554-61.
- Russell, G.A. (1996) "The Emergence of Physiological Optics.” In: The Encyclopedia of the History of Arabic Sciences, ed. by R. Rashed and R. Morelon (London: Routledge, 3 vols.), Vol. II, pp. 672-716. Translated into French (1997); Arabic (1998).
- Russell, G.A. (1994). “The Interest of the Natural Philosophers in 'Arabick' in Seventeenth-Century England (Leiden: E. J. Brill, pp.). Editor and Author with "Seventeenth Century: The Age of Arabic" (pp. 1-19) and "The Impact of the Philosophus autodidactus: the Pocockes, Locke, and the Society of Friends,” pp. 224-66.
Invited Research Presentations
C.N.R.S., Paris; University of Cambridge (Corpus Christi); Oxford (Trinity College), Edinburgh; King's College, London; Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam; Free University, Berlin; Dibner Institute/Harvard; Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany; Oud-Turnhout, Belgium; Royal College of Physicians, Dublin; University of Padua, Italy; University of Istanbul Medical School, Turkey; University of Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei; National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies, Delhi, India; The Academy of Science, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Carthage, Tunisia; Baylor College of Medicine, Houston; University of Oklahoma; Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Keynote: University of Calgary, Canada; Clifford Rose Memorial Lecture, Brussels, Belgium. On teaching: history of science at higher institutions: UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France; on education physicians, Ohio University Medical School, Columbus, Ohio; Harvard Medical School and Museum of Art.
- Includes the Editorial Board, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP), subject editor (2005 - present); the Journal of the History of Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical Perspectives (2015-present); the Executive Board, International Society for the History of Neuroscience (2006-2007; Awards Committee: 2010); the International Union of the History of Science and Philosophy as Commission President (2001-2005) and Vice-President (1997-2001); the Executive Council (1989-2001), the Société Internationale d'Histoire des Sciences et de la Philosophie Arabes et Islamiques, and as founding editor of SIHSPAI (1990-2001).
- She is also adjunct Professor in the Department of Philosophy (1996-present), College of Liberal Arts (TAMU).
- President of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, TAMU Chapter (2015-2016)
- President of the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (2017)