Famous British Psychologists

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 1 Anna Freud

Anna Freud
Famous As: Psychoanalyst
Birthdate: December 3, 1895
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: October 9, 1982

Anna Freud was a British psychoanalyst. The daughter of Sigmund Freud, Anna followed in the footsteps of her father and made important contributions to the field of psychoanalysis. Alongside Melanie Klein and Hermine Hug-Hellmuth, Anna Freud is counted among the founders of psychoanalytic child psychology. Her work and contributions were featured in a documentary titled The Century of the Self.

 2 John Bowlby

John Bowlby
Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: February 26, 1907
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bournemouth, London, England
Died: September 2, 1990

 3 Raymond Cattell

Raymond Cattell
Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: March 20, 1905
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: West Bromwich, England
Died: February 2, 1998

 4 Simon Baron-Cohen

Simon Baron-Cohen
Famous As: Psychologist, University teacher, Psychiatrist, Researcher
Birthdate: August 15, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London

British clinical-psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen is noted for making significant contributions in fields like autism-neuroimaging, autism-genetics, and synaesthesia, and his services to autistic people, for which he was knighted in the 2021 New Year Honours. He formulated mind-blindness theory and fetal-sex-steroid theory of autism and presently serves as a professor at the University of Cambridge and director of the university's Autism Research Centre.

 5 Rupert Sheldrake

Rupert Sheldrake
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 28, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England, UK

 6 Hans Eysenck

Hans Eysenck
Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: March 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: September 4, 1997

Born to German actor parents who divorced when he was 2, psychologist Hans Eysenck was raised by his grandmother till he went to England at 18. He is best remembered for his theories on personality and intelligence. His claim that genetic factors decide racial differences in intelligence was criticized.

 7 Gregory Bateson

Gregory Bateson
Famous As: Anthropologist, Philosopher, Sociologist, Psychologist
Birthdate: May 9, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Grantchester
Died: June 11, 1980

Gregory Bateson was an English anthropologist, social scientist, linguist, and visual anthropologist. Along with his colleagues, he developed the double-bind theory of schizophrenia. Also a cyberneticist, he was part of the core group of the Macy Conferences in Cybernetics. He was a member of philosopher William Irwin Thompson's esoteric nonprofit foundation Lindisfarne Association.  

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 8 Melanie Klein

Melanie Klein
Famous As: Psychanalyst
Birthdate: March 30, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: September 22, 1960

Melanie Klein was an Austrian-British author and psychoanalyst. A key figure in the development of object relations theory, she is best known for her work in child analysis. She began her studies by observing her own children’s behavior while they were growing up. As a woman in a field dominated by men, she was also a feminist icon. 

 9 Richard Lynn

Richard Lynn
Famous As: psychologist, university teacher
Birthdate: 1930 AD
Birthplace: Bristol

 10 Wilfred Bion

Wilfred Bion
Famous As: Former Psychoanalyst, who became president of the British Psychoanalytical Society from 1962 to 1965
Birthdate: September 8, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: India
Died: August 28, 1979

Born in British India, Wilfred Bion grew up to be a prominent psychoanalyst. He had fought during World War I. He is best remembered for his work on group dynamics and the object relations theory. He was also part of the Tavistock group of psychologists who founded the Tavistock Institute.

 11 Edward B. Titchener

Edward B. Titchener
Famous As: Philosopher, Psychologist, University teacher
Birthdate: January 11, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chichester
Died: August 3, 1927

 12 Charles Spearman

Charles Spearman
Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: September 10, 1863
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 17, 1945

 13 David Marr

David Marr
Birthdate: January 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Woodford, London
Died: November 17, 1980

 14 Anne Treisman

Anne Treisman
Famous As: Psychologist, University teacher
Birthdate: February 27, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wakefield

 15 Brenda Milner

Brenda Milner
Famous As: Neuroscientist, Psychologist, University teacher
Birthdate: July 15, 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Manchester

Considered a pioneer in her field, centenarian neuropsychologist Brenda Milner is known for her immense contribution to clinical neuropsychology. Especially known for her work on memory and cognition, she has contributed immensely to the study of temporal lobe. Her papers on the frontal lobes in problem-solving and the lateralization of hemispheric function in language are also highly regarded by scholars.

 16 Cyril Burt

Cyril Burt
Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: March 3, 1883
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England
Died: October 10, 1971

Cyril Burt was an English geneticist and educational psychologist who also made immense contributions to statistics. A prolific writer, Cyril Burt published several books and articles on topics ranging from psychometrics to parapsychology over the course of his career.

 17 Henri Tajfel

Henri Tajfel
Famous As: Psychologist, University teacher
Birthdate: June 22, 1919
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Włocławek
Died: May 3, 1982

 18 William McDougall

William McDougall
Famous As: psychologist, university teacher
Birthdate: June 22, 1871
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chadderton
Died: November 28, 1938

 19 Frederic Bartlett

Frederic Bartlett
Famous As: Teacher, Psychologist, University teacher
Birthdate: October 20, 1886
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stow-on-the-Wold
Died: September 30, 1969

 20 Lewis Fry Richardson

Lewis Fry Richardson
Famous As: Former Mathematician, physicist, meteorologist noted for his pioneering work concerning fractals and a method for solving a system of linear equations known as modified Richardson iteration
Birthdate: October 11, 1881
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Died: September 30, 1953

British physicist, meteorologist, mathematician, psychologist and pacifist Lewis Fry Richardson was the first to apply modern mathematical techniques of weather forecasting to predict weather accurately. He also pioneered the use of similar methods in studying reasons of wars and the way to stop them. He proposed the iterative method called modified Richardson iteration for solving a system of linear equations.

 21 Tony Attwood

Tony Attwood
Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: February 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Birmingham

British clinical psychologist Tony Attwood is best known for his expertise on the autism spectrum. While he now teaches at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, he has also penned the bestselling book Asperger's Syndrome - A Guide for Parents and Professionals. He also organizes workshops and training courses on Asperger's Syndrome.

 22 Oliver James

Oliver James
Famous As: psychologist
Birthdate: 1953 AD

 23 Anthony Storr

Anthony Storr
Famous As: Psychiatrist
Birthdate: May 18, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: LONDON
Died: March 17, 2001

 24 Michael Argyle

Michael Argyle
Famous As: psychologist, university teacher
Birthdate: August 11, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nottingham
Died: September 6, 2002

 25 David Hartley

David Hartley
Famous As: British physician and philosopher
Birthdate: August 30, 1705
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Armley, England
Died: August 28, 1757

 26 Ann Katharine Mitchell

Ann Katharine Mitchell
Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: November 19, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom
Died: May 11, 2020

 27 Leyla Hussein

Leyla Hussein
Famous As: Psychotherapist
Birthdate: September 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Somalia

 28 Wilfred Trotter

Wilfred Trotter
Famous As: Surgeon
Birthdate: November 3, 1872
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Coleford, Gloucestershire, England
Died: November 25, 1939

 29 Michael Scott Montague Fordham

Michael Scott Montague Fordham
Famous As: Psychoanalyst
Birthdate: August 4, 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kensington, England
Died: April 14, 1995

 30 C. Lloyd Morgan

C. Lloyd Morgan
Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: February 6, 1852
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 6, 1936

 31 George Stout

George Stout
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: January 6, 1860
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: South Shields, England
Died: August 18, 1944

 32 Charles Colchester

Charles Colchester
Famous As: Clairvoyants
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: England