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Natalia Bekhtereva: Google Doodle celebrates Russian neuroscientist’s 96th birthday

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Google Doodle celebrates the 96th birthday of Russian neuroscientist and psychologist Dr. Natalia Bekhtereva (Наталья Петровна Бехтерева), who created neurophysiological ways to deal with psychology, for example, estimating the impulse movement of human neurons, on 7 July 2020.

Natalia Petrovna Bekhtereva was born on July 7 in 1924 in Leningrad, Russia. As a kid, she was determined to succeed and willed herself to the head of her class. Vladimir Bekhterev’s granddaughter, she was stranded after her dad’s execution during the Great Purge of 1938.

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Dr. Natalia Bekhtereva (Наталья Петровна Бехтерева)

Dr. Bekhtereva graduated from medical school in 1947 and afterward turned her concentration to neurophysiology, following in the footsteps of her grandfather Vladimir Bekhterev, an amazing researcher in that field.

In 1950, Natalia Bekhtereva started as a junior researcher with the Academy of Medical Sciences of the USSR, where she went through decades and eventually became the director of the Institute of Experimental Medicine. She survived the Siege of Leningrad and in 1959 she became a Doctor of Medicine.

Through her research, Dr. Natalia Bekhtereva made tremendous steps in the scientific comprehension of how the brain works, including how extraordinary neurological structures and procedures are connected. She likewise added to breakthroughs in the investigation of chronic nervous system disorders and pioneered less invasive surgical techniques to diagnose and treat them. She was the founder of the Institute for Human Brain, working under the support of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, of which she was appointed a member in 1981.

In 1990, Dr. Bekhtereva established the Institute of the Human Brain of the Russian Academy of Sciences, which today bears her name and keeps on pushing forward her life’s mission.

Natalia Bekhtereva rose to become Director of the Soviet Institute for Experimental Medicine, which she administrated somewhere in the range of 1970 and 1990. She worked as editor-in-chief of the academic journals Human Physiology from 1975 to 1987 and the International Journal of Psychophysiology from 1984 to 1994.

She was a member of the documentary movies The Call of the Abyss and Storm of Consciousness, which stimulated wide public interest.

Dr. Natalia Bekhtereva got various international awards for her work and wrote more than 360 scientific papers all through her celebrated career. She was awarded the Order of Lenin in 1984 and the USSR State Prize for 1985. In 1972 she was additionally awarded the Wiener Medal in Cybernetics by the American Society for Cybernetics.

On July 7, 2020, Google Doodle, outlined by Moscow-born visitor artist Victoria Semykina, observes Natalia Bekhtereva’s 96th birthday celebration. She submitted her life to the mission of demystifying the functions of the human brain. Her pioneering research prompted crucial breakthroughs in the comprehension of human cognition, and Natalia Bekhtereva improved numerous lives by establishing the foundation for new treatments of nervous system diseases.

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