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Founders, Fellows, Presidents, and Members

The History of Psychology Centre works diligently to compile and retain records of the Society's membership since its inception.

This includes compiling information about the Society's founders, its presidents, and the various honorary fellows and members who have been part of the organisation over the years.

Please consult the appropriate tab below for further information.
 

On 24 October 1901 a group of 10 people met at University College, London to form a psychological society.

The names of these individuals were:

  • Robert Armstrong-Jones (CBE, MD, FRCP, FRCS physician)
  • Sophie Bryant (DSc, DLitt headmistress)
  • William Ralph Gibson Boyce (MA, DSc lecturer)
  • Frank Noel Hales (BA scholar)
  • William McDougall (MA, DSc, MD, FRS experimental psychologist)
  • Frederick Walter Mott (KBE, MD, FRCP, LLD, FRS pathologist)
  • William Halse Rivers Rivers, (MA, MD, FRS lecturer)
  • Alexander Faulkner Shand,(MA barrister)
  • William George Smith (MA, PhD lecturer)
  • James Sully (MA Professor)

In 1906 this society officially became known as The British Psychological Society.

Here is a list of all of the BPS members who have served as Society President since 1920.

Where possible we have also included links to the text of their Presidential Address and, where appropriate, their obituary.

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2017-2018 Nicola Gale
2016-2017

Professor Peter Kinderman

Presidential Address: "Psychology is Action, Not Thinking About Oneself"

2015-2016

Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes

Presidential Address: "Twelve Ways to Make an Impact"

2014-2015

Professor Dorothy Miell

Presidential Address: Supporting Our Diverse Membership

2013-2014

Dr Richard Mallows

Presidential Address: Challenge

2012-2013

Dr Peter Banister

Presidential Address: Annual Report

2011-2012

Dr Carole Allan

Presidential Address: Abstract

2010-2011

Dr Gerry Mulhern

Presidential Address: "THe BPS at 110: Legacy, Trends, and Back to the Future"

2009-2010

Sue Gardner

Presidential Address: Annual Report

2008-2009

Dr Elizabeth Campbell

Presidential Address: "Characterising Psychology: Respect, Competence, Responsibility, and Integrity"

Obituary (1954-2010)

2007-2008

Professor Pam Maras

Presidential Address: "Taking Psychology to Society: Addressing Anti-Social Behaviour and Raising Achievement" (Lecture Unavailable)

2006-2007

Ray Miller

Presidential Address: "Fit for the Future"

2005-2006

Dr Graham Powell

Presidential Address: "Psychology, the Law, and Capacity to Manage Financial Affairs"

2004-2005

Professor Ken Brown

Presidential Address: "The Enemy Within: Threats to the Society and the Discipline of Psychology" (Lecture Unavailable)

2003-2004

Emeritus Professor Alexander Wedderburn

Presidential Address: "Shiftworkers: A Minority That Can Be Helped"

Obituary (1935-2017)

2002-2003

Professor Graham Davey

Presidential Address: "Doing Clinical Psychology Research: What Is Interesting Isn't Always Useful"

2001-2002

Professor Victoria Geraldine Bruce

Presidential Address: "Changing Research Horizons"

2000-2001

Dr Tommy MacKay

Presidential Address: "The Future Belongs to Psychology"

1999-2000

Patricia Frankish

Presidential Address: "Thought and Feeling: You Can't Have One Without the Other"

1998-1999

Dr Ingrid Cecilia L

Presidential Address: "Unity Through Diversity: An Achievable Goal"

1997-1998

Professor Christoper Noel Cullen

Presidential Address: "The Trouble With Rules"

1996-1997

Margaret Valerie McAllister

Presidential Address: "Putting Psychology In Context"

1995-1996

Professor Stephen Edward Newstead

Presidential Address: "The Psychology of Student Assessment"

1994-1995

Professor Geoffrey Anthony Lindsay

Presidential Address: "Values, Ethics, and Psychology"

1993-1994

Dr Ann Mary Colley

Presidential Address: "Psychology, Science, and Women"

1992-1993

Professor Edgar Miller

Presidential Address: "Nineteenth-Century Style"

Obituary (1939-2015)

1991-1992

Revd Dr Fraser Norman Watts

Presidential Address: "Is Psychology Falling Apart?"

1990-1991

Professor Peter Edwin Morris

Presidential Address: "Cognition and Consciousness"

1989-1990

Professor Maurice Anthony Gale

Presidential Address: "Applying Psychology to the Psychology Degree: Pass With First Class Honours, or Miserable Failure?"

Obituary (1937-2006)

1988-1989

Professor Anthony John Chapman

Presidential Address: "Assessing Research: Citation Count Shortcomings"

1987-1988

Profesor Lea S. Pearson

Presidential Address: "Applying Scientific Psychology"

Obituary (1942-1995)

1986-1987

Dr David Legge

Presidential Address: "Modelling a Seamless Robe"

1985-1986

Professor Robery Maclaughlin Farr

Presidential Address: "The Science of Mental Life: A Social Psychological Perspective"

Obituary (1935-2013)

1984-1985

Professor Charles Ian Howarth

Presidential Address: "Howarth's Laws: A Lighthearted Look at the Current State of Psychology" (Lecture Unavailable)

Obituary (1928-2019)

1983-1984

Dr Halla Beloff

Presidential Address: "A Social Psychologist in the Camera Culture"

1982-1983

Dr Ralph R. Hetherington

Presidential Address: "Sacred Cows and White Elephants"

Obituary (1917-2000)

1981-1982

Professor Derek Ernest Blackman

Presidential Address: "Psychologists and the Community: Influence and Counter-Culture"

1980-1981

Professor Kevin J. Connolly

Presidential Address: "Psychology and Poverty"

Obituary (1937-2015)

1979-1980

Professor Peter H. Venables

Presidential Address: "Psychology, Physiology, and Psychophysiology" (Lecture Unavailabe)

Obituary (1923-2017)

1978-1979

Professor Philip Marcus Levy

Presidential Address: "On the Relation Between Method and Substance in Psychology"

Obituary (1934-2011)

1977-1978

Professor Alan Douglas Benson Clarke

Presidential Address: "Predicting Human Development: Problems, Evidence, and Implications"

Obituary (1922-2011)

1976-1977

May Alison Davidson

Presidential Address: "The Scientific/Applied Debate in Psychology: A Contribution"

Obituary (1914-1982)

1975-1976

Professor Jack Tizard

Presidential Address: "Psychology and Social Policy"

Obituary (1919-1979)

1974-1975

Professor Oliver Louis Zangwill

Presidential Address: "Thought and the Brain"

Obituary (1913-1987)

1973-1974

Emritus Professor Brian Malzard Foss

Presidential Address: "On Taking Sides"

Obituary (1921-1997)

1972-1973

Professor Max Hamilton

Presidential Address: "Psychology in Society: Ends or End?"

Obituary (1912-1988)

1971-1972

Professor Harry Kay

Presidential Address: "Psychology Today and Tomorrow"

Obituary (1919-2005)

1970-1971

Professor Harry Gwynne Jones

Presidential Address: "In Search of an Idiographic Psychology"

Obituary (1918-1985)

1969-1970

Professor Robert John Audley

Presidential Address: "Choosing"

1968-1969

Boris Semeonoff

Presidential Address: "Changing Horizons: An Essay in Autobiography"

Obituary (1910-1998)

1967-1968

Professor George Seth

Presidential Address: "Dissonance and Stress in the Teaching of Psychology: Reflections of an Accidental Psychologist"

Obituary (1905-1990)

1966-1967

Grace Rawlings

Presidential Address: "Problems in Applying Psychology"

Obituary (1909-1988)

1965-1966

Professor George Westby

Presidential Address: "Psychology Today: Problems and Directions"

Obituary (1909-1984)

1964-1965

Donald Eric Broadbent

Presidential Address: "Perceptual Defence and the Engineering Psychologist"

Obituary (1926-1993)

1963-1964

Professor Arthur Summerfield

Presidential Address: "Codes and Plans and Organised Behaviour"

Obituary (1923-2005)

1962-1963

Professor George C. Drew

Presidential Address: "The Study of Accidents"

1961-1962

Professor Edwin A. Peel

Presidential Address: "Learning and Meaning"

Obituary (1911-1992)

1960-1961

Professor James Drever (Secundus)

Presidential Address: "Perception and Action"

Obituary (1910-1991)

1959-1960

Emeritus Professor Frederick Viggers Smith

Presidential Address: "Social Theory and the Basic Motives"

Obituary (1912-2006)

1958-1959

Emeritus Professor Magdalen D. Vernon

Presidential Address: "Experimental Psychology in Britain"

Obituary (1901-1991)

1957-1958

Professor Alec Rodger

Presidential Address: "Psychologists: Non-Medical and Medical"

Obituary (1907-1982)

1956-1957

Dr Eric Benjamin Strauss

Presidential Address: "The Anatomy of Treachery"

Obituary (1894-1961)

1955-1956

Emeritus Professor Leslie S. Hearnshaw

Presidential Address: "Temporal Integration and Behaviour"

Obituary (1907-1991)

1954-1955

Professor Philip E. Vernon

Presidential Address: "The Psychology of Intelligence"

Obituary (1905-1987)

1953-1954

Arthur Rex Knight

Presidential Address: "The British Psychological Society: Problems and Prospects"

Obituary (1903-1963)

1952-1953

Cecil Alec Mace

Presidential Address: "A Psychologist's Approach to the Theory of Values"

Obituary (1903-1963)

1951-1952

William Brown

"Mind, Medicine, and Mathematics"

Obituary (1881-1952)

1950-1951

Frederic Charles Bartlett

Presidential Address: "Changing Scene"

Obituary (1886-1969)

1949-1950

Robert Henry Thouless

Presidential Address: "The Place of Theory in Experimental Psychology"

Obituary (1894-1984)

1948-1949

Dr Stanley J. F. Philpott

Presidential Address: "Fluctuations in Mental Output"

Obituary (1888-1962)

1947-1948

Charles WIlfred Valentine

Presidential Address: "Some President-Day Trends, Dangers, and Possibilities in the Field of Psychology"

Obituary (1879-1964)

1946-1947

Robert John Bartlett

Presidential Address: "Mind"

1879-1980

1945-1946

Sir Godfrey H. Thomson

Presidential Address: "Factorial Analysis: Recent Advances and a Retrospect"

Obituary (1881-1955)

1944-1945

Dr Millais Culpin

"Psychology in Medicine"

Obituary (1874-1952)

1943-1944

Tom Hatherley Pear

Presidential Address: "Social Differences in English Education"

Obituary (1886-1972)

1941-1943

Professor Sir Cyril Lodowic Burt

"British Psychology in War-Time"

Obituary (1883-1971)

1938-1941

Professor Albert William Wolters

Obituary (1883-1961)

1935-1938

Professor James Drever (Primus)

"The Status and Qualifications of Professional Psychologists"

Obituary (1873-1950)

1932-1935

Professor John Carl Flügel

Obituary (1884-1955)

1929-1932

Beatrice Edgell

Obituary (1871-1948)

1926-1929

Dr F. A. P. Aveling

Obituary (1875-1941)

1923-1926

Professor Charles Edward Spearman

Obituary (1863-1945)

1920-1923

Charles Samuel Myers

Obituary (1873-1946)


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Between 1904 and 1945 the Society inducted a number of Honorary Members.

In 1945 all surviving Honorary Members were made Honorary Fellows.

A separate category of Honorary Life Members was created in 1991.

Year of Induction

Inductee(s)

1940

Professor George Dumas (1866-1946)

Professor Beatrice Edgell (1871-1948)

Professor Kurt Koffka (1886-1941) 

Professor Carl Emil Seashore (1866-1949)

1937

Professor Samuel Alexander (1859-1938)

Sir Henry Head (1861-1940)

Professor Sir Charles Scott Sherrington (1857-1937)

1934

Dr (Henry) Havelock Ellis (1859-1939)

Dr (Alfred) Ernest Jones (1879-1958)

Professor Felix Krueger (1874-1948) 

Professor William McDougall (1871-1938)

Professor Conwy Lloyd Morgan (1852-1936)

Professor Charles Samuel Myers (1873-1946)

Mr Alexander Faulkner Shand (1858-1936) 

Professor Charles Edward Spearman (1863-1945) 

Professor George Frederick William Stout (1860-1944)

1932

Professor James Rowland Angell (1869-1949) 

Professor James McKeen Cattell (1860-1944) 

Professor Sante de Sanctis (1862-1935) 

Professor (Louis) Wilhelm Stern (1871-1938)

1928 Professor Mary Whiton Calkins (1863-1930)
1927 Baron Albert Eduard Michotte van den Berck  (1881-1965)
1926

Professor Edward Claparède (1873-1940) 

Professor Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)

Professor Gerardus Heymans (1857-1930) 

Professor Pierre Janet (1859-1947) 

Professor Henri Piéron (1881-1964) 

Professor Edward Lee Thorndike (1874-1949) 

Professor Edward Bradford Titchener (1867-1927)

Professor Hendrick Zwaardemaker (1857-1930)

1912

Professor Franz Brentano (1836-1917) 

Professor James Ward (1839-1917)

1911 Professor Oswald Külpe (1862-1915)
1910 Professor James Sully (1842-1923) 
1905

Professor Harald Höffding (1843-1931)

Sir Francis Galton (1822-1911)

Professor William James (1842-1910)

Professor George Elias Müller (1850-1934) 

Professor Théodule Armand Ribot (1839-1916) 

Professor Carl Stumpf (1848-1936)

1904 Dr John Hughlings-Jackson (1835-1911)

All surviving Honorary Members were made Honorary Fellows in 1945.

Below you will find a complete list of all the additional Honorary Fellows inducted since then.

Year of Induction

Inductee(s)

2013 Dr Sathasivan (Saths) Cooper
2012

Professor Dianne Berry

Professor David Farrington

Professor Glyn Humphreys

Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith

Professor Peter Saville

2010

Professor Raymond Henry Charles Bull

Professor Cary Lynn Cooper

2009 Professor David M. Clark
2008 Professor David Victor Canter
2007

Professor Alan D.B. Clarke (1922-2011)

Professor Anne M. Clarke

Professor Hannah Steinberg

2006

Professor Uta Frith

Professor William Yule

Professor Glynis M. Breakwell

2005 Professor Andrew William Young
2003 Professor Miles R.C. Hewstone
2001 Professor Maurice Anthony Gale (1937-2006)
2000 Professor Richard L. Gregory (1923-2010)
1999 Professor Antony John Chapman
1998 Professor Heinz Rudolph Schaffer (1926-2008)
1997

Professor Victoria Bruce

Professor John Morton

Professor Peter B. Warr

1995

Professor Alan D. Baddeley

Professor Patrick Rabbitt

1994

Professor Ulric Neisser (1928-2012)

Professor Freda Gladys Newcombe (1925-2001)

1993

Professor Margaret Caldwell Donaldson

Professor Klaus Werner Wedell

1992 Professor Michael Argyle (1925-2002)
1991 Professor Elizabeth F. Loftus
1990 Jack Gale Wilmot Davies (1911-1992)
1989 Professor George Armitage Miller
1988 Professor Herbert Alexander Simon (1916-2001)
1986 Donald Eric Broadbent (1926-1993)
1985 Professor Noam Chomsky
1984 Professor Jerome Seymour Bruner
1982 Professor Oliver L. Zangwill (1913-1987)
1981 Professor Robert Hinde
1979 Professor Sir Desmond Pond (1919-1986)
1978

Professor Sir Michael Rutter

Professor Philip Ewart Vernon (1905-1987)

1977

Professor James Jerome Gibson (1904-1979) 

Professor Eleanor J. Gibson (1910-2002)

1974 Dr Michael Fordham (1905-1995)
1972

Professor Raymond Bernard Cattell (1905-1998) 

Professor Harry Frederick Harlow (1905-1981) 

Dr Henry Alexander Murray (1893-1988)

1970

Dr Edward George Glover (1882-1972)

Rt Hon. Lord John Anthony Hardinge Giffard (1908-2000)

Professor Margaret Dorothea Vernon (1901-1999)

1968

Professor Neal Elgar Miller (1909-2002)

Professor Erwin Stengel (1902-1973)

1967

Professor Lionel Sharples Penrose (1898-1972)

1966

Professor Sir Aubrey Julian Lewis (1900-1975)

Dr Robert Robertson Rusk (1879-1972)

Professor Sir Fred Joyce Schonell (1900-1969)

1965

Miss Anna Freud (1895-1982)

Professor Cecil Alec Mace (1894-1971)

1963

Professor Otto Klineberg (1899-1992) 

Mr Robert John Bartlett (1879-1980)

1962

Professor George William Humphrey (1889-1966)

Professor Burrhus Frederic Skinner (1904-1990)

Dr Robert Henry Thouless (1894-1984)

1961

Rt Hon. Lord Walter Russell Brain of Eynsham (1895-1966)

1960

Professor Ernst Ropiequet Hilgard (1904-2001) 

Professor Roger Wolcott Russell (1914-1998)

1959 Rt Hon. Lord Henry Cohen of Birkenhead (1900-1977)
1958

Dr May Smith (1879-1968)

Mrs Melanie Klein (1882-1960)

Professor Agostino Edoardo Gemelli (1878-1960)

Professor Alexander Rom Luria (1902-1977) 

Professor Tom Hatherley Pear (1886-1972) 

Professor Charles Wilfred Valentine (1879-1964)

Professor Henry Tasman Lovell (1875-1959)

1955

Professor Albert William Phillip Wolters (1883-1961)

1954

Rt Hon. Lord Edgar Douglas Adrian of Cambridge (1889-1977)

Professor Edward Chace Tolman (1886-1959)

Professor Robert Sessions Woodworth (1869-1962) 

Professor Jean Piaget (1896-1980) 

Professor Edwin Garrigues Boring

Professor Sir Cyril Lodowic Burt (1883-1971)

Professor Sir Frederic Charles Bartlett (1886-1969)

Professor Donald Olding Hebb (1904-1985) 

Professor Ernst Kretschmer (1888-1964)

1952

Professor Sir Thomas Hunter (1876-1953)

1950

Professor Gordon Willard Allport (1897-1967) 

Professor Clark Leonard Hull (1884-1952) 

Professor David Katz (1884-1953) 

Professor Wolfgang Köhler (1887-1967) 

Professor Karl Spencer Lashley (1890-1958) 

Professor Gardner Murphy (1895-1979) 

Professor Lewis Madison Terman (1877-1956) 

Professor Louis Leon Thurstone (1887-1955)

1946

Professor Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) 

Professor Sir William Mitchell (1861-1962)

 

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