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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.

Past Presidents

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

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

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  • 2020-2021: Dr Hazel McLaughlin
  • 2019-2020: David Murphy

Presidential Address: "What Improv, Ubuntu, and Covid-19 have taught me about leadership"

  • 2018-2019: Kate Bullen
  • 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

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 Lunt

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"

Obituary (1936-2020)

  • 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"

Obituary (1928-2020)

  • 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"

Obituary (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)

 

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

All surviving Honorary Members were made Honorary Fellows in 1945.

The following is a complete list of all the additional Honorary Fellows inducted since then.

Year of Induction

Inductee(s)
2020
  • Professor Jonathan A. Smith
2019
  • Michael Berger 
  • Martin Fisher 
  • Nicola Gale 
  • Ray Miller 
  • Jill Wilkinson 
2018
  • Anne Colley
2017
  • Professor Carolyn Kagan 
  • Professor Michael Murray  
  • Mr John Oates 
2016
  • Professor Erica Burman
  • Professor Wendy Holloway
2014
  • Professor Dorothy Bishop
2013
  • Dr Sathasivan (Saths) Cooper
2012
  • Professor Dianne Berry
  • Professor David Farrington
  • Professor Glyn Humphreys (1954-2016)
  • Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith (1938-2016)
  • Professor Peter Saville (1946-2022)
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 (1928-2015)
  • Professor Hannah Steinberg (1926-2019)
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 (1926-2020)
  • 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 (1920-2012)
1988
  • Professor Herbert Alexander Simon (1916-2001)
1986
  • Donald Eric Broadbent (1926-1993)
1985
  • Professor Noam Chomsky
1984
  • Professor Jerome Seymour Bruner (1915-2016)
1982
  • Professor Oliver L. Zangwill (1913-1987)
1981
  • Professor Robert Hinde (1923-2016)
1979
  • Professor Sir Desmond Pond (1919-1986)
1978
  • Professor Sir Michael Rutter (1933-2021)
  • 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 (1886-1968)
  • 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)