Founders, Fellows, Presidents and Members

Find information about the society's membership since its inception.

Founding members

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.

Learn more about the Founding members of the society

Past Presidents

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

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

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2020-2021: Dr Hazel McLaughlin
2019-2020: David Murphy
2018-2019: Kate Bullen
2017-2018: Nicola Gale
2016-2017: Professor Peter Kinderman
2015-2016: Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes
2014-2015: Professor Dorothy Miell
2013-2014: Dr Richard Mallows
2012-2013: Dr Peter Banister
2011-2012: Dr Carole Allan

Read Carole Allan's Presidential Address

2010-2011: Dr Gerry Mulhern

Read Gerry Mulhern's Presidential Address

2009-2010: Sue Gardner

Read Sue Gardner's Presidential Address

2008-2009: Dr Elizabeth Campbell
2007-2008: Professor Pam Maras
2006-2007: Ray Miller
2005-2006: Dr Graham Powell

Read Graham Powell's Presidential Address

2004-2005: Professor Ken Brown
2003-2004: Emeritus Professor Alexander Wedderburn
2002-2003: Professor Graham Davey
2001-2002: Professor Victoria Geraldine Bruce
2000-2001: Dr Tommy MacKay
1999-2000: Patricia Frankish
1998-1999: Dr Ingrid Cecilia Lunt
1997-1998: Professor Christoper Noel Cullen
1996-1997: Margaret Valerie McAllister
1995-1996: Professor Stephen Edward Newstead
1994-1995: Professor Geoffrey Anthony Lindsay
1993-1994: Dr Ann Mary Colley
1992-1993: Professor Edgar Miller
1991-1992: Revd Dr Fraser Norman Watts
1990-1991: Professor Peter Edwin Morris
1989-1990: Professor Maurice Anthony Gale
1988-1989: Professor Anthony John Chapman
1987-1988: Profesor Lea S. Pearson
1986-1987: Dr David Legge
1985-1986: Professor RoberT Maclaughlin Farr
1984-1985: Professor Charles Ian Howarth
1983-1984: Dr Halla Beloff
1982-1983: Dr Ralph R. Hetherington
1981-1982: Professor Derek Ernest Blackman
1980-1981: Professor Kevin J. Connolly
1979-1980: Professor Peter H. Venables
1978-1979: Professor Philip Marcus Levy
1977-1978: Professor Alan Douglas Benson Clarke
1976-1977: May Alison Davidson
1975-1976: Professor Jack Tizard
1974-1975: Professor Oliver Louis Zangwill
1973-1974: Emritus Professor Brian Malzard Foss
1972-1973: Professor Max Hamilton
1971-1972: Professor Harry Kay
1970-1971: Professor Harry Gwynne Jones
1969-1970: Professor Robert John Audley
1968-1969: Boris Semeonoff
1967-1968: Professor George Seth
1966-1967: Grace Rawlings
1965-1966: Professor George Westby
1964-1965: Donald Eric Broadbent
1963-1964: Professor Arthur Summerfield
1962-1963: Professor George C. Drew
1961-1962: Professor Edwin A. Peel
1960-1961: Professor James Drever (Secundus)
1959-1960: Emeritus Professor Frederick Viggers Smith
1958-1959: Emeritus Professor Magdalen D. Vernon
1957-1958: Professor Alec Rodger
1956-1957: Dr Eric Benjamin Strauss
1955-1956: Emeritus Professor Leslie S. Hearnshaw
1954-1955: Professor Philip E. Vernon
1953-1954: Arthur Rex Knight
1952-1953: Cecil Alec Mace
1951-1952: William Brown
1950-1951: Frederic Charles Bartlett
1949-1950: Robert Henry Thouless
1948-1949: Dr Stanley J. F. Philpott
1947-1948: Charles Wilfred Valentine
1946-1947: Robert John Bartlett
1945-1946: Sir Godfrey H. Thomson
1944-1945: Dr Millais Culpin
1943-1944: Tom Hatherley Pear
1941-1943: Professor Sir Cyril Lodowic Burt
1938-1941: Professor Albert William Wolters
1935-1938: Professor James Drever (Primus)
1932-1935: Professor John Carl Flügel
1929-1932: Beatrice Edgell
1926-1929: Dr F. A. P. Aveling
1923-1926: Professor Charles Edward Spearman
1920-1923: Charles Samuel Myers

Honorary members

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)
  • 1928Professor Mary Whiton Calkins (1863-1930)
  • 1927Baron 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)
  • 1911Professor Oswald Külpe (1862-1915)
  • 1910Professor 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)

Honorary Fellows

Elected 1946–present

All surviving Honorary Members became Honorary Fellows in 1945.

ODNB indicates a link to an index entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (full articles available with individual or institutional subscription, or access through public library membership.

Year of election

2023
  • Lucy Johnstone
2021
  • Stephen Reicher
2020
  • Johnathan Smith
2019
  • Kate Bullen
2017 
  • Professor Carolyn Kagan
  • Professor Peter Michael Murray 
  • Mr John Oates 
2016
  • Professor Erica Burman (b.1960)
  • Professor Wendy Holloway 
2014
  • Professor Dorothy Bishop (b.1952)
2013
  • Dr Sathasivan (Saths) Cooper (b.1950) [South Africa] 
2012
  • Professor Dianne Berry (b.1955) 
  • Professor David Farrington (b.1944) 
  • Professor Glyn Humphreys (1954–2016) 
  • Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith (1938–2016) 
  • Professor Peter Saville (b.1946)
2011
  • John Weinman
  • James Orford
2010
  • Professor Raymond Henry Charles Bull (b.1947) 
  • Professor Cary Lynn Cooper (b.1940)
2009
  • Professor David M. Clark (b.1954)
2008
  • Professor David Victor Canter (b.1944)
2007
  • Professor Alan D.B. Clarke (1922–2011) 
  • Professor Anne M. Clarke (b.1928) 
  • Professor Hannah Steinberg (1924-2019)
2006
  • Professor Uta Frith (b.1941) 
  • Professor William Yule (b.1940) 
  • Professor Glynis M. Breakwell (b.1952)
2005
  • Professor Andrew William Young (b.1950)
2003
  • Professor Miles R.C. Hewstone (b.1956)
2001
  • Professor Maurice Anthony Gale (1937–2006)
2000
  • Professor Richard L. Gregory (1923–2010) ODNB
1999
  • Professor Antony John Chapman (b.1947)
1998
  • Professor Heinz Rudolph Schaffer (1926–2008)
1997
  • Professor Victoria Bruce (b.1953) 
  • Professor John Morton (b.1933) 
  • Professor Peter B. Warr (b.1937)
1995
  • Professor Alan D. Baddeley (b.1934) 
  • Professor Patrick Rabbitt (b.1934)
1994
  • Professor Ulric Neisser (1928–2012) [American]
  • Professor Freda Gladys Newcombe (1925–2001)
1993
  • Professor Margaret Caldwell Donaldson (b.1926) 
  • Professor Klaus Werner Wedell (b.1931)
1992
  • Professor Michael Argyle (1925–2002) ODNB
1991
  • Professor Elizabeth F. Loftus (b.1944) [American]
1990
  • Jack Gale Wilmot Davies (1911–1992)
1989
  • Professor George Armitage Miller (1920–2012) [American]
1988
  • Professor Herbert Alexander Simon (1916–2001) [American]
1986
  • Donald Eric Broadbent (1926–1993) ODNB
1985
  • Professor Noam Chomsky (b.1928) [American]
1984
  • Professor Jerome Seymour Bruner (1915–2016) [American]
1982
  • Professor Oliver L. Zangwill (1913–1987) ODNB
1981
  • Professor Robert Aubrey Hinde (1923–2016)
1979
  • Professor Sir Desmond Pond (1919–1986) ODNB
1978
  • Professor Sir Michael Rutter (b.1933) 
  • Professor Philip Ewart Vernon (1905–1987) ODNB
1977
  • Professor James Jerome Gibson (1904–1979) [American]
  • Professor Eleanor J. Gibson (1910–2002) [American]
1974
  • Dr Michael Fordham (1905–1995) 
1972
  • Professor Raymond Bernard Cattell (1905–1998) 
  • Professor Harry Frederick Harlow (1905–1981) [American]
  • Dr Henry Alexander Murray (1893–1988) [American]
1970
  • Dr Edward George Glover (1882-1972) ODNB
  • Rt Hon. Lord John Anthony Hardinge Giffard, Earl of Halsbury (1908–2000) ODNB
  • Professor Margaret Dorothea Vernon (1901–1999)
1968
1967
  • Professor Lionel Sharples Penrose (1898–1972) ODNB
1966
  • Professor Sir Aubrey Julian Lewis (1900–1975) ODNB
  • Dr Robert Robertson Rusk (1879–1972) 
  • Professor Sir Fred Joyce Schonell (1900–1969)
1965
  • Miss Anna Freud (1895–1982) ODNB
  • Professor Cecil Alec Mace (1894–1971) 
1963
  • Professor Otto Klineberg (1899–1992) [Canadian]
  • Mr Robert John Bartlett (1879–1980) 
1962
  • Professor George William Humphrey (1889–1966) 
  • Professor Burrhus Frederic Skinner (1904–1990) [American]
  • Dr Robert Henry Thouless (1894–1984) ODNB
1961
  • Rt Hon. Lord Walter Russell Brain of Eynsham (1895–1966) ODNB
1960
  • Professor Ernst Ropiequet Hilgard (1904–2001) [American]
  • Professor Roger Wolcott Russell (1914–1998) [American]
1959
  • Rt Hon. Lord Henry Cohen of Birkenhead (1900–1977) ODNB
1958
  • Dr May Smith (1879–1968) ODNB
  • Mrs Melanie Klein (1882–1960) ODNB
  • Professor Agostino Edoardo Gemelli (1878–1960) [Italian]
  • Professor Alexander Rom Luria (1902–1977) Russian]
  • Professor Tom Hatherley Pear (1886–1972) 
  • Professor Charles Wilfred Valentine (1879–1964) ODNB
  • Professor Henry Tasman Lovell (1875–1959) [Australian]
1955
  • Professor Albert William Phillip Wolters (1883–1961)
1954
  • Rt Hon. Lord Edgar Douglas Adrian of Cambridge (1889–1977)  ODNB
  • Professor Edward Chace Tolman (1886–1959) [American]
  • Professor Robert Sessions Woodworth (1869–1962] [American]
  • Professor Jean Piaget (1896–1980) [Swiss]
  • Professor Edwin Garrigues Boring (1886–1968) [American]
  • Professor Sir Cyril Lodowic Burt (1883–1971) ODNB 
  • Professor Sir Frederic Charles Bartlett (1886–1969) ODNB 
  • Professor Donald Olding Hebb (1904–1985) [Canadian]
  • Professor Ernst Kretschmer (1888–1964) [German]
1952
  • Professor Sir Thomas Hunter (1876–1953)
1946 
  • Professor Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961) [Swiss]
  • Professor Sir William Mitchell (1861–1962)
  • Professor Gordon Willard Allport (1897–1967)  [American]
  • Professor Clark Leonard Hull (1884–1952) [American]
  • Professor David Katz (1884–1953) [Swedish]
  • Professor Wolfgang Köhler (1887–1967)  [German]
  • Professor Karl Spencer Lashley (1890–1958) [American]
  • Professor Gardner Murphy (1895–1979)  [American]
  • Professor Lewis Madison Terman (1877–1956) [American]
  • Professor Louis Leon Thurstone (1887–1955) [American]

Honorary life members

Elected 1991-present

2022
  • Peter Branney
2021
  • Carole Allan
  • Daryl O'Connor
2020
  • Carol McGuinness
2019
  • Jill Wilkinson
  • Martin Fisher
  • Michael Berger
  • Nicola Gale
  • Raymond Miller
2018
  • Ann Colley
2016
  • Zenobia Nadirshaw
2015
  • Susan Hallam
2012
  • Sylvia Downs
2011
  • Marie Johnston
2010
  • Margaret McAllister
2006
  • Geoff Lindsay
2004
  • Louis Kramer
2000
  • Colin V. Newman
1996
  • John Kirby Radford
  • David Richards
1995
  • Halla Beloff
1994
  • Boris Semeonoff
1993
  • Arthur Summerfield
1992
  • Anthony Gale
  • Robert Farr
1991
  • David Legge
  • Joyce Hulford