Charlie and the chocolate factory
At the Centenary Conference in Glasgow Geoff Bunn gave the C.S. Myers Memorial Lecture on Myers himself and his role in the establishment of psychology in Britain.
CHARLES Myers (1873–1946) was undoubtedly the most important British psychologist of the first half of the 20th century. ‘He, more than anyone else’, wrote Cyril Burt, ‘has assisted in turning British psychology from a branch of mental philosophy into a branch of experimental science’ (Burt, 1947, p.5). In terms of ‘his flair for organization’, as his former student and protégé Frederic Bartlett put it, Myers had a tremendous impact: ‘He built a laboratory, a society, an institute’ (Bartlett, 1948, p.769; 1965, p.9): the Cambridge Psychological Laboratory; the British Psychological Society; and the National Institute of Industrial Psychology. Although Myers did a great deal to establish psychology in Britain, he was forced to make a terrible personal sacrifice in the process.
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