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Professor Mandyam Srinivasan, 2014

Sam Leach

oil and resin on plywood (frame: 65.5 cm x 50.5 cm, support: 61.0 cm x 46.0 cm)

Mandyam Veerambudi Srinivasan AM (b. 1948) is Professor of Visual Neuroscience at the Queensland Brain Institute and in the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the University of Queensland. Born in Pune, India, he completed his undergraduate degree (in electrical engineering) at Bangalore University before gaining a master’s degree in electronics from the Indian Institute of Science in 1970. Moving to the USA, by 1977 he had gained an MPhil and a PhD in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale. In 1978 he came to Australia, working for four years as a research fellow in the departments of Neurobiology and Applied Mathematics at the Australian National University before taking up an assistant professorship at the University of Zurich. He returned to Australia in 1985, completing a DSc in the ANU’s Research School of Biological Sciences in 1994. Since 1985, Srinivasan’s research has been primarily focused on examining the way that insects – in particular, bees – perceive and move within the three-dimensional world, and on exploring how the findings might be applied to machine vision and robotics. To date, his team’s findings have informed projects such as the development of autonomous navigation systems for aircraft for clients such as NASA and the US Defence Force. Elected to the fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science in 1995 and of the Royal Society in 2001, Srinivasan received the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science in 2006.

Sam Leach’s paintings typically examine the relationship between science, nature and technology, and are characterised by their modest scale and fine detail.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2014

Accession number: 2014.71

Currently not on display

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Sam Leach (age 41 in 2014)

Mandyam Veerambudi Srinivasan AM (age 66 in 2014)

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Mandyam Srinivasan video: 3 minutes 37 seconds
Mandyam Srinivasan video: 3 minutes 37 seconds
Mandyam Srinivasan video: 3 minutes 37 seconds
Mandyam Srinivasan video: 3 minutes 37 seconds

Mandyam Srinivasan

'Hive minds'

Portrait story

An interview with Professor of Visual Neuroscience, University of Queensland, Mandyam Srinivasan.

A surface against which we can move, 2014 by Sam Leach
A surface against which we can move, 2014 by Sam Leach
A surface against which we can move, 2014 by Sam Leach
A surface against which we can move, 2014 by Sam Leach

No small wonder

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

Joanna Gilmour describes how artist Sam Leach works on a small scale to grand effect.

Andy Thomas, 2002 Montalbetti+Campbell
Andy Thomas, 2002 Montalbetti+Campbell
Andy Thomas, 2002 Montalbetti+Campbell
Andy Thomas, 2002 Montalbetti+Campbell

Uncommon Australians

The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling

Previous exhibition, 2015

This exhibition showcases portraits acquired through the generosity of the National Portrait Gallery’s Founding Patrons, L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.