W. A. H. Rushton
William Albert Hugh Rushton FRS (8 December 1901 – 21 June 1980) was professor of Physiology at Trinity College, Cambridge. His main interest lay in colour vision and his Principle of Univariance is of seminal importance in the study of perception.
Principle of Univariance
In his lecture "Pigments and signals in colour vision" he stated it thus: "The output of a receptor depends upon its quantum catch, but not upon what quanta are caught."
This means that one and the same visual receptor cell can be excited by different combinations of wavelength and intensity, so that the brain can not know the colour of that point of the retinal picture.
- 1931 Beit Memorial Fellowship
- 1948 Fellow of the Royal Society
- 1968 Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
- 1969 Honorary DSc of Case Western Reserve University
- 1970 Royal Medal of the Royal Society
- 1970 President of the Society for Psychical Research
- Barlow, H. B. (1986). "William Rushton. 8 December 1901-21 June 1980". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 32: 422–426. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1986.0014. JSTOR 770119. PMID 11621257.
- Anon (1982). "Obituary William Albert Hugh Rushton F.R.S". Vision research 22 (6): 611–621. PMID 7051532.
- Rushton, W. A. (1972). "Pigments and signals in colour vision". The Journal of physiology 220 (3): 1P–1P. PMC 1331666. PMID 4336741.
- I Will Plant Me a Tree: an Illustrated History of Gresham's School by S.G.G. Benson and Dr Martin Crossley Evans (James & James, London, 2002) ISBN 0-907383-92-0
- W. A. H. Rushton at Find a Grave