Richard E. Cytowic, MD, MFA is best known for bringing synesthesia—the involuntary coupling of the senses—back to mainstream science after decades of obscurity. It is now seen as fundamental to our ideas of how the human brain is organized.
Professor of Neurology at George Washington University, he received a Pulitzer nomination for his New York Times Magazine cover story about Press Secretary James Brady, shot in the head during the assassination attempt on President Reagan. "Wednesday Is Indigo Blue," with David Eagleman, received the Montaigne Medal.
Dr. Cytowic is a fellow of the Southampton Writers Conference, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Hambidge Center. Speaking venues include the Library of Congress, the Hirshhorn Museum, NASA colloquia, the Smithsonian, and cultural institutions worldwide. Media appearances include Good Morning America, 60 Minutes, National Geographic, NPR, and the BBC.