Hearnshaw, Leslie Spencer (1907-1991)
- Hearnshaw, Leslie Spencer (1907-1991)
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About this work
Into 6-alphabetical series by subject:
PSY/HEA/1 History of Psychology
PSY/HEA/2 International Congress of Psychology
PSY/HEA/3 Journals, Pamphlets and Reports
PSY/HEA/4 Lectures & Papers
PSY/HEA/5 Miscellaneous Correspondence & Notes
PSY/HEA/6 Short History of British Psychology
Educated at King's College School Wimbledon, Christ Church, Oxford, and the University of London, where he graduated with first-class honours. Hearnshaw was an investigator with the National Institute of Industrial Psychology from 1933 until 1938. He spent the years between 1939 and 1947 in New Zealand, as a lecturer in psychology at Victoria University College, Wellington. He was also Director of the Industrial Psychology Division of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research at Wellington between 1942 and 1947.
Hearnshaw returned to England in 1947 and was appointed the first chair of psychology at the University of Liverpool. He was an active and prominent member of the British Psychological Society, serving on many committees. Hearnshaw was President in 1955, and editor of the Society's Monograph-Supplement 1960-1964. He was also vice-president of the International Association of Applied Psychology, and editor of International Review of Applied Psychology from 1969-1972. From 1955 to 1970 he was part of the group funded by the Medical Research Council which was responsible for researching the occupational aspects of ageing at Liverpool. He wrote a short history of this group.
It was as a historian of psychology that Hearnshaw enjoyed his greatest success. His interest in history could be traced to the early 1930's when he had been a student under Spearman at the University of London. His authorized biography of Cyril Burt, written at the request of Burt's family, balanced the scandal and tragedy of Burt's early life against his later successes.
Human Welfare and Industrial Efficiency, 1945
A Short History of British Psychology 1840-1940, 1964
The Comparative Psychology of Mental Development, 1966
Cyril Burt: Psychologist, 1979
The Shaping of Modern Psychology, 1987
British Psychological Society accession number 0038.