Gary Rubin received his Ph.D. degree in experimental psychology from the University of Minnesota, Minn, USA, in 1983. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in low vision in 1985, and then he joined the faculty of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as the Director of Low Vision Research. In 1999, Dr. Rubin moved to London, where he was appointed as the Helen Keller Professor of visual rehabilitation at the Institute of Ophthalmology. In the USA, Rubin has conducted research sponsored by the National Eye Institute on reading and face recognition in people with impaired vision and research sponsored by the National Institute on Aging on the effect of visual impairment on older people’s daily lives. In the UK, his research has been funded by the European Commission, MRC, Wellcome Trust, and other charitable foundations in the UK, including Fight for Sight, the Macular Disease Society, and the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. He is particularly interested in the problems encountered by patients who develop a blind spot in the centre of their visual field. Professor Rubin has also devoted considerable time to the development and validation of new clinical vision tests used in a wide range of eye diseases including cataract, macular degeneration, and diseases of the optic nerve. Rubin has published more than 95 scientific papers and 10 book chapters and has received the Garland Clay Award from the American Academy of Optometry, the Edridge Green Medal from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, and the Director’s Award from the Foundation Fighting Blindness. He is a Gold Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and an Honorary Fellow of the College of Optometrists in the UK.
Biography Updated on 13 January 2010