Michael Argyle

Roger Lamb and Mary Sissons Joshi pay tribute to social psychologist Michael Argyle, who died on 6 September.
PROFESSOR Michael Argyle was arguably the most internationally respected British social psychologist. He did more than any other individual in the UK to define the scope of social psychology, and to gain the nascent discipline’s acceptance in academic departments and among the general public. He was the founder and chair of the Social Psychology Section of the BPS, and served as social psychology editor of the British Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology from 1961 to 1967. His own work has lasting value both in itself and as an example of what can be achieved by eclectic empiricism and thoughtful engagement with topics of significance in everyday life.

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