Eye, Cephalopod by Ian Gleadall

The following article was originally written by Ian Gleadall for the CIAC newsletter, but was never published. Ian has generously provided the article to us to be posted here. It describes a reunion to celebrate Kyoji Tasaki that took place in 2014, and the contributions that he and several of his colleagues attending this dinner made to our current understanding of cephalopod vision.

Eye, Cephalopod

Ian Gleadall. Sendai, Japan, September, 2014

Recently, Yasuo Tsukahara arranged a small dinner party to celebrate the 90th birthday of Kyoji Tasaki, former Head of the 2nd Department of Physiology in the pure research wing of the Medical School at Tohoku University in Sendai. This group of people has not met together for many years and Yasuo reasoned that it would be better and happier to meet now rather than waiting around to meet at the funeral of the first one to succumb to Old Father Time.

On the 12th of July of this year, then, the group met together at a restaurant in downtown Sendai. The author of this account (Ian Gleadall) was also invited, as a former post-doc. who worked briefly in the 2nd Dept. of Physiology just before Kyoji Tasaki retired. The attendees included a number of former students and friends of Kyoji Tasaki, but among this group were 3 people (Tasaki himself, Hitoshi Suzuki and Yasuo Tsukahara) who have made significant contributions to the vision physiology of cephalopods, hence the playful paraphrasing of the well-known science fiction title “I, Robot.” This article provides a brief account of these researchers and their contributions, along with a mention of others who facilitated their research.

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