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October 12, 2018
Wilfrid Rall was my external Ph.D. examiner. When I met him at the N.I.H. in 1992 he was very enthusiastic about my work in extending his tapering cable modelling efforts with Steve Goldstein. He will be sadly missed by the theoretical neuroscience fraternity worldwide.
July 10, 2018
50 years ago, Will Rall and Gordon Shepherd published a paper on the theoretical reconstruction of field potentials and dendro-dendritive interactions in the olfactory bulb which predicted a type of synapse not yet observed experimentally in the mammalian brain. The prediction was based on an approach Rall invented to modeling neuronal dendrites that remains today at the basis of almost all efforts to build biologically realistic models of neurons. This work was seminal and fundamental, representing a level of collaboration between a theorist and an experimentalist that is still rare today. I believe that the appreciation of the scientific contributions of this humble, gracious, modest but brilliant scientist will only grow with time. It was an honor to have known him. His influence was profound.
May 22, 2018
Wil was a terrific mentor and scientist and a most kind individual, generous with his time. His intuition was legendary. He greatly influenced my career and I feel most fortunate to have worked with him. He will be missed.
April 19, 2018
Those of us who had the privilege of knowing and working with him regarded Wil as more than a great scientist who revolutionized our field. He was a warm human being, universally respected by everyone with whom he came in contact. For me personally, Wil was a true friend and a major influence on my scientific career from the very beginning.
April 17, 2018
Wil was a curious, gentle, and considerate man. As a young scientist, I worked in the same overall branch at NIH: Wil was the model of what a scientist should be - modest, thoughtful, and totally absorbed by his quest to understand his piece of nature.
April 17, 2018
Wil was a great guy. My early papers with John Rinzel on Type I excitability were partially inspired by a simple model that Wil developed in the late 70's. He will be greatly missed
April 15, 2018
Wil was a brilliant man and a force of nature. And he loved nature and being outdoors. He was also a caring person with empathy and thoughtfulness. He will be missed as a person as well as a scientist.
April 15, 2018
I am teaching undergraduates today the groundbreaking insights that originated from Wil's early studies of dendrites, which is as relevant today as it was when he discovered them.
April 14, 2018
Wil laid foundations in neuroscience and blazed frontiers for computational neuroscience. He was a powerful intellectual, gentle and open-minded. Wil had extraordinary biophysical intuition and skill for developing and gleaning insights from idealized models - so inspiring. I deeply appreciate having had Wil as a mentor, colleague and dear friend for five decades.
April 12, 2018
My sincere condolences to the family. Wilfrid Rall was truly one of the most inspiring founding fathers of theoretical neuroscience. My deepest respect - RIP.

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Wil Rall and Gordon Shepherd in San Antonio in 2005 Wil Rall talking to Valentino Braitenberg at the 1997 CNS Conference

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