Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852-1934) was a Spanish scientist as well as photographer and painter. He used his love for art and photography to make great strides in investigating the microscopic structure of the brain. Many of his brain cell illustrations are still used in textbooks even today. In his childhood, however, Cajal had to be transferred to different schools many times because of his bad behaviour and ‘anti-authoritarian attitude’ (when he was eleven, he destroyed the town gate with a home-made cannon). His art was beautiful because it reflected in a whole new way the previous conceptions of the human body. It was a new way of looking at how we are. 

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